Unique New Perspectives of Saturn

Article written: 1 Mar , 2007
Updated: 31 Jul , 2007
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Top down view of Saturn. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSINow flying in a polar orbit around Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is now sending back completely unique images of Saturn, seen from overhead. The photograph that I’ve attached to this story shows Saturn seen from almost directly overhead. The planet itself has been removed, so just the rings are visible. But there are other images taken over the last two months.

As part of this photo release, there are additional images showing the planet at a bit of a lower angle, but still almost looking detached from the rings. There’s an animated sequences showing 34 frames when the spacecraft passed through the ring plane. And an overexposed view that shows the detailed structure of the rings themselves.

I really can’t do this justice, check out the images and descriptions for yourself.

Original Source: SSI News Release


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