"The view from Iapetus"

3744_8779_1_2This must be the most spectacular image of Saturn yet returned by Cassini. The spacecraft took the photo after turning its camera back toward the planet having rounded one of its moons, Iapetus during a planned close fly by.

The same image at 3419x1073 can be had here. While many of the moons are plainly visible in the larger image, Titan, shrouded in a thick atmosphere to the far lower right, is particularly noteworthy. The moon was the sight of Huygens' descent.

Open it up. You won't be disappointed.

The Cassini imaging team released many wonderful images on Tuesday in celebration of ten years of flight.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Wayne