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. This image was taken in the middle part of the A Ring. The image shows the Prometheus 12:11 density wave in the lower left part of the image and the Mimas 5:3 bending wave in the middle of the image. The pixel scale of this image is about 290 meters/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 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.