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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Voyager 1's departure shot of Saturn

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, best of, Voyager 1 and 2, global views, Saturn, Saturn's rings

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Voyager 1's departure shot of Saturn Saturn was Voyager 1's last planetary encounter. It captured this iconic image of the ringed giant as it left the Saturn system at 21:15 UTC on December 15, 1980.

NASA / JPL / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic

Unlike its twin Voyager 2's departing view, Voyager 1 looked down onto the lit side of the rings; but since Saturn had just passed through its equinox, the Sun was not far above the ring plane, and the rings appeared dark. This is a newly reprocessed version created by Gordan Ugarkovic using green, blue, and violet filter images processed to resemble natural color.

Original image data dated on or about December 15, 1980.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Gordan Ugarkovic


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