CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Rings Through Atmosphere
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Cassini looks toward the limb of Saturn and views part of the rings through the planet's atmosphere on the right of this image.

Saturn's atmosphere can distort the view of the rings from some angles. See PIA07521 to learn more. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 24, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 85 degrees. Image scale is 10 kilometers (6 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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 Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 26, 2010 (PIA 12641)
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  Rings Through Atmosphere
PIA 12641

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