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Saturn, 2004.

Saturn, 2004.
2 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 16cm


A series of images captured by Cassini on 6 October 2004 were composed into the largest, most detailed, global natural-colour view of Saturn and its rings ever made. The mosaic consists of 126 images acquired in a tile-like fashion, covering one end of Saturn's rings to the other and the entire planet in between. The images were taken over the course of two hours while Cassini was approximately 6.3 million kilometres from Saturn. Three images (red, green and blue) were taken of each of 42 locations across the planet, and the full colour images were put together to produce a mosaic that is 8,888 pixels across and 4,544 pixels tall. The smallest features seen here are 38 kilometres across.

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