Cassini captures Saturn

Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI

NASA’s Cassini orbiter captured this view of Saturn on June 15, from a distance of about 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers). The rings’ shadow runs across the planet’s sunlit side. The speck in the lower left corner is Enceladus, a 313-mile-wide (504-kilometer-wide) moon of Saturn.

6 thoughts on “Cassini captures Saturn

    1. Hmm, I’ve seen a lot of color photos that have been adjusted one way or another. I suppose in a black and white shot, they might have increased the contrast and/or sharpness. Or this might have been a color photo originally. But I like to think this is exactly what Cassini saw.

    1. I continue to be amazed that we can send our tiny little contraptions out to such great distance and actually get signals back from them — not to mention pictures like this.

... and that's my two cents