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NASA’s Cassini Chronicles Life of Saturn’s Giant Storm

 

Written by Jia-Rui Cook
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – New images and animated movies from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft chronicle the birth and evolution of the colossal storm that ravaged the northern face of Saturn for nearly a year.

These new full-color mosaics and animations show the storm from its emergence as a tiny spot in a single image almost one year ago, on December 5th, 2010, through its subsequent growth into a storm so large it completely encircled the planet by late January 2011.

The monster tempest, which extended north-south approximately 9,000 miles (15,000 kilometers), is the largest seen on Saturn in the past two decades and is the largest by far ever observed on the planet from an interplanetary spacecraft.

This false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

This false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

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