Saturn - Voyager 2

False color image of Saturn from 43 million km

Voyager 2 false color image of Saturn taken from 43 million km. This image was taken over a month before closest approach to Saturn, which took place on 25 August 1981. Changes from the earlier Voyager 1 encounter (in November, 1980) were noticed in Saturn's atmosphere even at this distance. Saturn is 120,000 km in diameter at the equator, and the rings are about 280,000 km in diameter. North is at 1:30. (Voyager 2, P-23880c)
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High resolution tiff file (3.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1981-07-12
Distance/Range (km): 43,000,000
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, rings
Instrument: Narrow Angle Vidicon Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .424 x .424
Filter: ultraviolet, violet, green
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: P-23880c
Other Image ID number: FDS 42652.09 (raw)
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 75-076A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015