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Waves on Saturn
05.24.05
Waves on Saturn

An up-close look at Saturn's atmosphere shows wavelike structures in the planet's constantly changing clouds.

Feathery striations in the lower right appear to be small-scale waves propagating at a higher altitude than the other cloud features.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 14, 2005, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 727 nanometers and at a distance of approximately 386,000 kilometers (240,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 19 kilometers (12 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . For additional images visit the Cassini imaging team homepage http://ciclops.org .

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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