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8 trail-blazing images from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

By: Katherine Butler on Jan. 4, 2012, 8:47 a.m.
Saturn in the infrared

Photo: NASA/JPL/ASI/University of Arizona

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Saturn in the infrared

“This false-color composite image, constructed from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's rings and southern hemisphere. The composite image was made from 65 individual observations by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer in the near-infrared portion of the light spectrum on Nov. 1, 2008,” according to JPL. It is part of the Cassini mission, which is a cooperative project between NASA, the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency. JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, located in Washington, D.C. Cassini, which entered Saturn’s orbit in 2004, is an ongoing mission. It is the first close study of Saturn and its moons, and one of its more recent encounters was a flyby of Titan, a moon of Saturn, in June 2011.