This is a narrow-angle camera image of Saturn's rings taken after the successful completion of the orbit insertion burn. At this time Cassini viewed the rings from the north side. The Sun illuminates the rings from the south side. The image shows the 42-kilometer (26-mile) wide Keeler Gap in the outer part of Saturn's A Ring. Unlike the larger Encke Gap, which is formed by the moon Pan, no moon is presently known to orbit within the Keeler Gap. The pixel scale of this image is about 250 meters (820 feet) per pixel.
[Caption updated on October 4, 2005.]
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 Office of Space Science, 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.