CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

F-Ring Informants
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Ever-changing kinks and wiggles define Saturn's dynamic F ring.

The evolution of F-ring features like those seen here are of interest to ring scientists because they reveal a great deal about the processes shaping ring's appearance.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 4 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 15, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (821,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 16 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 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: April 28, 2008 (PIA 09888)
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  F-Ring Informants
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