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May 26, 2004 04:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-18

Saturn Seen from Far and Near

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Saturn
Object Description: Planet
Distance: The semi-major axis of Saturn's orbit about the sun is 9.5 Astronomical Units (A.U.) or roughly 1.4 billion km.
Dimensions: The planet (without rings) has a diameter of roughly 75,000 miles (120,000 km) at the equator.
About the Data
Data Description: This Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 9354: E. Karkoschka and M. Tomasko (University of Arizona)
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): March 2003; March 2004
Filters: F439W (B), F502N ([O III]), F550W (V), F658N (H alpha)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)
Release Date: May 26, 2004
Orientation: Saturn Prior to Cassini Probe's Arrival
About the Cassini Data and Image
Data Description : Cassini image of Saturn taken at a range of 15.1 million miles (24.3 million kilometers) from the planet. The view is from 13 degrees below the equator.
Instrument: Cassini: Imaging Science Subsystem narrow-angle camera
Exposure Dates: May 16, 2004

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Release Date: May 26, 2004