October 9, 2007
Monster storms, or vortices, swirl in the roiling atmosphere of giant Saturn.
Popcorn-like clouds appear throughout the field of view. Hints of the organized jets are apparent.
This view looks toward a region centered at 22 degrees south of the planet's equator.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 14, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 4 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 24 kilometers (15 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 operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute