Monday, 4 March 2013

Cassini Spacecraft Pic: Bright Venus From Saturn Orbit

Earth's Twin Seen From Saturn Peering over the shoulder of giant Saturn, through its rings, and across interplanetary space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the bright, cloudy terrestrial planet, Venus. The vast distance from Saturn means that Venus only shows up as a white dot, just above and to the right of the image center. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
March 01, 2013

PASADENA, Calif. - A distant world gleaming in sunlight, Earth's twin planet, Venus, shines like a bright beacon in images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.

One special image of Venus and Saturn was taken last November when Cassini was placed in the shadow of Saturn. This allowed Cassini to look in the direction of the sun and Venus, and take a backlit image of Saturn and its rings in a particular viewing geometry called "high solar phase." This observing position reveals details about the rings and Saturn's atmosphere that cannot be seen in lower solar phase.

More - Link >>> http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-079&cid=release_2013-079

Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA.

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