Cassini Jupiter and Saturn Global Map Page

    Brief description of the data

    Cassini ISS data was searched to find images suitable for global maps of Jupiter and Saturn. The BL1 and CB2 images primarily capture the top visible clouds on Jupiter, located around 0.7 bar (Banfield et al., 1998). On the other hand, the UV1 and MT3 images are sensitive to Jupiter’s atmosphere around 0.3 and 0.6 bars, respectively (West et al., 2004; Li et al., 2006a, 2006b). Images for Saturn were selected to maximize the observed sunlight-illuminated area and to minimize the obstruction caused by Saturn’s rings.

    Characteristics of the Data Set

    PlanetFilter 1Number of Maps
    Derived from the ISS users guide

    The data are accompanied with browse files and image information files


    Banfield, D., Gierasch, P.J., Bell, M., Ustinov, E., Ingersoll, A.P., Vasavada, A.R., West, R.A., Belton, M.J.S., 1998. Jupiter’s cloud structure from Galileo imaging data. Icarus 135, 230–250.

    Li, L., A. P. Ingersoll, A. R. Vasavada, A. A. Simon-Miller, A. D. Del Genio, S. P. Ewald, C. C. Porco, and R. A. West, 2006a. Vertical wind shear on Jupiter from Cassini images. J. Geophys. Res. 111, Art. No. E04004.

    Li, L., A. P. Ingersoll, A. R. Vasavada, A. A. Simon-Miller, R. K. Achterberg, S. P. Ewald, U. A. Dyudina, C. C. Porco, R. A. West, and F. M. Flasar, 2006b. Waves in Jupiter's atmosphere observed by the Cassini ISS and CIRS instruments. Icarus 185, 416-419. Minnaert, M., 1941. The reciprocity principle in lunar photometry. The Astrophysical Journal 93, 403-410.

    Porco, C. C., and 19 colleagues, 2004. Cassini Imaging Science: Instrument characteristics and anticipated scientific investigations at Saturn, Space Sci. Rev. 115, 363-497.

    Trammell, H. J., L. Li, X. Jiang, M. Smith, S. Hörst, and A. Vasavada, 2014. The global vortex analysis of Jupiter and Saturn based on Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem, Icarus 242, 122- 129.

    Trammell, H. J., L. Li, Jiang, X., Pan, Y., Smith, M.A., Bering, E.A., Hörst, S.M., Vasavada, A.R., Ingersoll, A.P., Janssen, M.A. and West, R.A., 2016. Vortices in Saturn's Northern Hemisphere (2008–2015) observed by Cassini ISS. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 121, 1814-1826.

    West, R.A., Baines, K.H., Friedson, A.J., Banfield, D., Ragent, B., Taylor, F.W., 2004. Jupiter: The planet, satellites and magnetosphere. In: Bagenal, F., Dowling, T.E., McKinnon, W.B., Jewitt, D., Murray, C., Bell, J., Lorenz, R., Nimmo, F. (Eds.), Cambridge Planetary Science. Cambridge Univ. Press, New York, p. 81

    Citing data sets for publication:

    Li, Liming, Robert West, Xun Jiang, and Benjamin Knowles (2023), Cassini ISS Global Maps of Jupiter and Saturn Bundle, NASA Planetary Data System, https://doi.org/10.17189/rkkb-6y30.