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  • Saturn's northern hemisphere

    Summer is Coming!

    Summer is slowly coming to Saturn's northern hemisphere. The north pole, which was in the midst of a seven-year-long winter when Cassini arrived in 2004, is now seen basking in the sunlight of mid-spr...

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  • Rhea

    Goodbye to Rhea

    On its fourth and final targeted flyby of Rhea, the Cassini spacecraft provided this stunning view of the ancient and heavily cratered surface. Billions of years of impacts have sculpted Rhea's surfac...

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  • Global topographic map of Titan

    Global Topographic Map of Titan

    Using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists have created the first global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan, giving researchers a 3-D tool for learning more about one of the most Earthl...

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  • Two views of Titan's topography

    Two Views of Titan's Topography

    To create the first global, topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan, scientists analyzed data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and a mathematical process called splining. This method effectively uses smo...

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  • Polar views of Titan's global topography

    Polar Views of Titan's Global Topography

    These polar maps show the first global, topographic mapping of Saturn’s moon Titan, using data from NASA's Cassini mission. To create these maps, scientists employed a mathematical process called spli...

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  • Saturn

    Long Day's Journey into Night

    Saturn's shadow cuts sharply across its rings as the orbits of ring particles carry them suddenly from day to night. With no atmosphere to scatter light, shadows in space are much darker than we're us...

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  • Saturn's moon Enceladus

    Beautiful Plumage

    Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to the Cassini spacecraft's cameras.

    Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illumin...

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  • The north pole of Saturn, in the fresh light of spring, is revealed in this color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

    Spring at the North Pole

    The north pole of Saturn, in the fresh light of spring, is revealed in this color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The north pole was previously hidden from the gaze of Cassini's imaging cameras ...

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  • This spectacular, vertigo inducing, false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole

    Enter the Vortex ... in Psychedelic Color

    This spectacular, vertigo inducing, false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole. The angry eye of a hurricane-like storm appears dark red while the fast-...

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  • The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

    The Rose

    The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Measurements have...

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  • Titan

    Spying on Senkyo

    The Cassini spacecraft peers through Titan's thick clouds to spy on the region dubbed "Senkyo" by scientists. The dark features include vast fields of dunes, composed of solid hydrocarbon particles pr...

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  • Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas

    Mimas Peeks Over Saturn

    Saturn and its north polar hexagon dwarf Mimas as the moon peeks over the planet's limb. Saturn's A ring also makes an appearance on the far right. Mimas is 246 miles (396 kilometers) across.
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  • Series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

    Vortices Bump into a Hot Spot in Jupiter's Atmosphere.

    In this series of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, a dark, rectangular hot spot (top) interacts with a line of vortices that approaches from on the upper-right side (second panel). The interacti...

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  • Jupiter's dark hot spot in false-color

    Peering Deep into Jupiter's Atmosphere

    The dark hot spot in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is a window deep into Jupiter's atmosphere. All around it are layers of higher clouds, with colors indicating which layer of ...

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  • Rhea

    Portrait of a Lady

    This image was taken on March 10, 2013, and received on Earth March 10, 2013 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 174,181 miles (280,317 kilometers) away,...

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  • Saturn and Venus

    Morning Star

    Dawn on Saturn is greeted across the vastness of interplanetary space by the morning star, Venus, in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Venus appears just off the edge of the planet, in the up...

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  • Saturn and Venus

    Earth's Twin Seen From Saturn

    Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from Satu...

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  • Saturn's north polar hexagon

    Hexagon and Rings

    Saturn's north polar hexagon basks in the Sun's light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn's signature rings, which appear to ...

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  • This three-frame animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.

    Swirling Vortex

    This three-frame animation from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the swirling clouds in a vortex spawned by a great northern storm on Saturn. The clouds are moving in a clockwise direction.

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  • Giant storm on Saturn

    Staring into the Vortex

    A vortex that was part of a giant storm on Saturn slowly dissipates over time in this set of false color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft . This clockwise vortex spun off the bright head of the s...

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