CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Rings Full of Waves
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Rings Full of Waves
PIA 06096

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  This image shows a close-up view of a density wave in Saturn's A ring. It was taken by the narrow angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft after successful entry into Saturn's orbit. The view shows the dark, or unlit, side of the rings.

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: July 1, 2004 (PIA 06096)
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Alliance Member Comments
jmason (Jun 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM):
Francois: This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 28 degrees above the ringplane. Scale in the original image was 200 meters (656 feet) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of two and contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.
- Joe Mason, CICLOPS Media Relations Coordinator
Frankypouh (Jun 11, 2009 at 7:31 PM):
Can you give me some comments about this picture like the scale and view angle please. Thank you!