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Saturn Noir
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Saturn Noir
PIA 09866

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  Saturn's luminescent rings provide striking contrasts of light and darkness, as the irregular shape of Janus glides across the foreground.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from less than a degree above the ringplane.

For a closer view of Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) see PIA08296.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 29, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (700,000 miles) from Janus. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 26, 2008 (PIA 09866)
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