February 9, 2005Striped by shadows of its rings, Saturn is a true-
blue backdrop for the icy moon Mimas in this just-released image from
NASA's Cassini spacecraft. As on Earth, a clear sky on Saturn is
generally a blue sky, because the unclouded atmosphere scatters sunlight
at bluer wavelengths.
Cassini is the first craft to explore Saturn's moons and rings from the planet's orbit. The Cassini-Huygens mission made headlines last month when the European Space Agency's Huygens probe, which had been ejected from Cassini, began transmitting data from Saturn's moon Titan.