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Saturn Storm - sequence image This series of images from NASAís Cassini spacecraft shows the development of the largest storm seen on the planet since 1990. These true-color and composite near-true-color views chronicle the storm from its start in late 2010 through mid-2011, showing how the distinct head of the storm quickly grew large but eventually became engulfed by the stormís tail.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Turbulent Saturn Storm This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the turbulent power of a monster Saturn storm. The visible-light image in the back, obtained on Feb. 25, 2011, by Cassini's imaging camera, shows the turbulent clouds churning across the face of Saturn. The inset infrared image, obtained a day earlier, by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, shows the dredging up of water and ammonia ices from deep in Saturn's atmosphere. This was the first time water ice was detected in Saturn's atmosphere. The storm, first detected by Cassini's radio and plasma wave subsystem in December 2011, churned around the planet in a band around 33 degrees north.
Image credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Sea Urchin Teeth Lawrence Sromovsky, UW-Madison adds: "There is a color associated with each infrared wavelength. It is as follows: R = 4.08 microns, G = 1.89 microns, B = 3.05 microns. The orange color is a result of absorption at 3.05 microns by ammonia and water ices."

The visible-light image can be seen separately at PIA12826. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA. The VIMS team is based at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo. Image credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
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