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Emily LakdawallaMarch 19, 2010

A trio of pretty Cassini pics

It's been a little while since I posted any Cassini pictures just because they were pretty, so here's a few recent ones, produced by amateurs from the images available on the Cassini raw images website.

Tethys, Mimas, and the rings of Saturn

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / color composite by Sean Walker

Tethys, Mimas, and the rings of Saturn
Cassini captured this picture-postcard view of the moons Mimas (top) and Tethys (bottom) floating near the rings on March 15, 2010.
Titan's ring

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic

Titan's ring
Cassini viewed Titan from its nightside to capture this view of its atmosphere on March 16, 2010. The image is a composite of red, green, and ultraviolet-filter images; the ultraviolet image emphasizes the high-altitude haze, producing the blue ring floating high above the rest of the atmosphere.
Titan and Dione

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / color composite by Emily Lakdawalla

Titan and Dione
Dione passed in front of Titan on March 12, 2010 as Cassini snapped photos. Late in 2009, Cassini planners started commanding the spacecraft to take these "mutual event" movies not through a clear filter but instead through red, green, and blue filters sequentially; the raw data exists to produce an animation of Dione passing across Titan in color.

Read more: Dione, pretty pictures, Tethys, Cassini, Titan, amateur image processing, Saturn's moons, many worlds, Mimas, Saturn's rings

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