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Hello Again, Jupiter!
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The brick red, white and brown cloud bands of Jupiter are seen here from Saturn orbit. Cassini's powerful imaging cameras were specially designed to photograph nearby bodies (cosmically speaking) in the Saturn system, but as this image demonstrates, the cameras are actually telescopes.

Jupiter is imaged here from more than 11 times the distance between Earth and the Sun, or slightly farther than the average Earth-Saturn distance. As demonstrated by PIA 08324, Earth is only about a pixel across when viewed from Saturn by Cassini.

Cassini's parting glance at Jupiter, following the spacecraft's 2000 flyby and gravity assist, is PIA03451.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 8, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.8 billion kilometers (1.1 billion miles) from Jupiter and at a Sun-Jupiter-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 50 degrees. Scale in the original image was about 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) per pixel. The image was contrast enhanced and magnified by a factor of two and a half to enhance the visibility of cloud features on the planet.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, 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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 19, 2007 (PIA 08899)
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  Hello Again, Jupiter!
PIA 08899

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Alliance Member Comments
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 22, 2007 at 2:48 PM):
Well, we don't like to talk about THOSE images!
ugordan (Mar 22, 2007 at 7:22 AM):
Actually, the first Saturn images that I know of were taken on 13th July, 2001. This was still after the Jupiter flyby and at a time the narrow-angle camera developed a nasty haze problem, but much sooner than late 2002.
I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post links here, but a rough RGB composite of that narrow-angle image can be found at
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 19, 2007 at 7:24 AM):
No. The first image we took of Saturn was in late 2002. Go take a look under the Beyond Jupiter sub-directory of Image Diary.
Red_dragon (Mar 19, 2007 at 7:16 AM):
Looks quite interesting. Did you take images of Saturn from Jupiter's orbit?. According to Celestia, Saturn seen from Jupiter is a quite pleasant view.

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