Cassini, Probes, Saturn

Cassini Snaps Amazing Picture Of Saturn

Cassini Snaps Amazing Picture Of Saturn

A false-color view of Saturn’s rings as the Cassini spacecraft stares towards the horizon. You can see Saturn’s stratosphere in this image as a thin haze that vanishes towards the left side of the frame.

This image composite was created using red, green, and ultraviolet spectral filters. They were obtained by the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 16, 2017, at a distance of about 777,000 miles (1.25 million kilometers) from Saturn. The scale of the image you are seeing is 4 miles (7 kilometers) per pixel on Saturn.

On Sept. 15, 2017 Cassini will pass through the upper atmosphere of saturn in the final five orbits of its mission – before making a final descent into the planet on the 15th. Cassini will fly through the stratosphere (directly above the haze seen in the image) and is expected to lost contact before it completes the journey through said haze.

Cassini, is operated in part by NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. It is managed by The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena.

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Lauren Webber
Lauren studies astronomy and physics at NYU.