A look back at stunning photos taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft compel end its nearly two-decade space journey when it performs its «grand finale» and juke-joints into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15.

Here’s a look at some of the A-one photos taken by Cassini during its mission.

Cassini Saturn


Bandeaus of ice

The photo below — taken on July 9, 2004, just over a week after infiltrating Saturn’s orbit — shows the planet’s rings in ultraviolet.

According to NASA, the simile indicates there is more ice in the outer part of the rings compared to the inner share b evoke, which could provide clues about their origins and development.

saturn a ring

(NASA/JPL/University of Colorado)

Dark side of Saturn

With Saturn obstruction the glare of the sun, Cassini captured the planet suspended in darkness on Sept. 15. 2006.

The far-ranging shot was created by combining 165 images taken in the span of not quite three hours. Colour was digitally added to resemble natural pervert.

If you look closely to the left of Saturn, you can see a pale dot just inside one of the outer alliances — that pale dot is Earth.

cassini saturn

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Society)

Lunar geysers

Plumes of water ice and organic particles are seen exuding from the south pole of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, in the image farther down than, a mosaic created from two images captured by Cassini on Nov. 21, 2009.

The plumes do out from what scientists call «tiger stripes,» fissures along the moon’s icy integument. Scientists also believe there is an ocean of water underneath the side of Enceladus and that the moon is a promising lead in the search for life maximal of Earth.



Fab 5

Cassini captured a quintet of Saturn’s moons on July 29, 2010.

From socialistic is Janus, Pandora, Enceladus, Mimas and Rhea. Cassini was about 1.1 million kilometres away from Rhea and 1.8 million kilometres from Enceladus when it embraced the photo.

saturn moons

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Winter is produced

Titan, one of Saturn’s moons that measures about 5,200 kilometres across and larger than the planet Mercury, is overshadowed by the planet in the first photo below taken on May 6, 2012.

The blue hue on Saturn’s northern hemisphere is catch a glimpse ofed fading as the planet goes into spring, while the same azure haze get to b intends darker in the southern hemisphere as it prepares for winter — the latter can be seen diverse clearly in the second photo below, taken on July 29, 2013. Both photos are unpremeditated colour or as human eyes would have seen Saturn.

Scientists have the courage of ones convictions pretend the blue haze is caused by methane absorption and scattering by molecules and younger particles in the atmosphere, which they say glows brighter when there is a reduction in ultraviolet lighter from the sun.

titan saturn winter


saturn winter

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Launch)

‘The Day the Earth Smiled’

On July 19, 2013, Cassini captured Saturn, its rings, Sod and our moon all in one photo during a planetary eclipse of the sun — an event NASA dubbed «The Day the Sod Smiled.»

Earth is seen off to the centre right in the photo below — captivated about 1.44 billion kilometres away — with an arrow pointing to its turning up, the moon off to the right of Earth. See here for a closer look.

day the earth smiled

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lapse Science Institute)

Above and beyond

Cassini soared above Saturn on Oct. 10, 2013, and the illegitimate colour mosaic image below was created from 36 of the photos captivated.

Saturn’s six-sided weather pattern, known as the hexagon, is visible on its north throughout the world.



Distant second

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is espied behind Rhea, the planet’s second largest, in the Dec. 23, 2013, photo farther down than.

The image is natural colour, taken about 1.8 million kilometres away from Rhea and 2.5 million kilometres from Titan.

titan rhea

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Organize Science Institute)

Knocked up

Saturn’s moon, Epimetheus, is seen in the May 9, 2016, photo lower — taken about 2,700 kilometres from Epimetheus and with Saturn in its experience.

The moon had been blasted and pelted by debris over years, forgetting it misshapen and full of craters.


(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Found)

Rise and shine

The night side of the Tethys moon is illuminated by sunlight casting off Saturn — a phenomenon known as Saturnshine — in the May 13, 2017, photo below.

The photo was enchanted about 1.2 million kilometres from Saturn and 1.5 million kilometres from Tethys.


(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Pause Science Institute)

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