Release from Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado
Cassini Sends End-of-Year Greetings From Across the Solar System
In celebration of the holiday season and the close of another remarkable year at the Saturnian frontier, the Imaging Team for NASA's Cassini mission is presenting a smorgasbord of Saturnian imagery showing heavenly bodies great and small, in motion, and in three dimensions.
Image right: Saturn's moon Hyperion is featured in a movie that shows variations in color across the moon's surface. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute+ Movie and caption
The image products being released include color views, movies, maps and 3D anaglyphs. They are available at http://ciclops.org
, and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov
Fountains of icy spray erupting from the geologically fascinating moon Enceladus are featured in this group of images. Other views highlight Saturn's small moons, the smoggy atmosphere of Titan, and enchanting Saturn itself.
Along with the images and movies, the Imaging Team is also releasing updated maps of the six major Saturnian moons, including giant Titan. These products differ from the older versions released in Dec. 2005 in including new terrain on each moon imaged by Cassini in the last year.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the U.S., England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team leader (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
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