The US space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn has shown the present scenario of north pole bathed in sunlight which is a delight to wath. The most beautiful planet of our universe is looking even more beautiful in the latest pic beamed back by the iconic spacecraft.
One can clearly see the hexagon-shaped jet-stream is fully illuminated here. In this image, the planet appears darker in regions where the cloud deck is lower, such the region interior to the hexagon. Mission experts on Saturn’s atmosphere are taking advantage of the season and Cassini’s favourable viewing geometry to study this and other weather patterns as Saturn’s northern hemisphere approaches Summer solstice.
This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 51 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 9, 2016 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 728 nanometers.
The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 750,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 46 miles (74 kilometers) per pixel.
Previous, NASA image of the day shows the close-up view of Saturn’s moon Pandora captured by the high-resolution camera aboard Cassini spacecraft orbiting the planet. The image released by the US space agency is one of the highest-resolution view of the potato-shaped moon of the most beautiful planet of our solar system.
NASA released an image in which Saturn rings appeared bending. Scientists of NASA explained that this is caused because the atmosphere of Saturn acts like a very big lens, some of the sunlight falling on it is absorbed but also as it reaches towards Cassini’s camera, the path of the light is refracted or bent after passing from space to atmosphere and back into space. Read More
The US space agency’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted strange activity on the Saturn rings. Earlier, the shadow of the planet was stretched across all the rings but the height of the shadow is strangely falling short and now covers fewer rings. Read More
In addition, the Cassini spacecraft that is orbiting Saturn had beamed back another beautiful image revealing bright spot on the B ring. It might seem strange to some, but NASA explained that glowing effect on the ring is due to the “opposition surge” which is making that particular area on the ring glow brightly. Read More
Cassini spacecraft reached Saturn 12 years ago and now it has entered in the last year of epic journey. According to the schedule of the US space agency, the spacecraft will end its mission on September 2017. Read More
The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (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. 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, Colorado.