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The Rings Make a Point
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This perspective, from just beneath Saturn's ringplane, gives the rings a pointed appearance and captures a few clumps at the edge of the narrow F ring. Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) floats peacefully in the distance.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 12, 2006, at a distance of approximately 4.1 million kilometers (2.6 million miles) from Tethys. The image scale is 25 kilometers (16 miles) per pixel on Tethys.

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 21, 2006 (PIA 08138)
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  The Rings Make a Point
PIA 08138

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