Saturn's Summer Tilt

Photojournal: PIA06544

December 21, 2004

Saturn's southern hemisphere shines in the light of a summer morning in this unusual view from the Cassini spacecraft. The planet's southern hemisphere is currently tilted toward the Sun (for reference see PIA05425).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide angle camera on Oct. 30, 2004, at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 123 degrees. North is rotated about 20 degrees to the left. The image scale is 82 kilometers (51 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 and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org .

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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