Oh Hello, Saturn, You Look So Makey-Outy Today

This is a unique image of Saturn in natural colour, exactly what you would have seen if you were riding the Cassini spacecraft - wearing your cowboy hat, knitted astronaut sweater and Star Trek underpants - on November 4, 2009.

The image - released last week - was created by combining three exposures using red, green and blue spectral filters, which results in a natural view, showing the true colour of Saturn. Cassini was taken 1.3 million km away, and each pixel in the full resolution image represents 72km. [NASA—Full resolution image]

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