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Janus Floats On
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Janus floats above the meandering clouds of Saturn. A few of the large craters on the moon are just visible.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 18 degrees above the ringplane. Saturn's narrow F ring and outer A ring are pictured here.

Janus is 179 kilometers (111 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 13, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Janus. Image scale is 10 kilometers (6 miles) per 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 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: May 30, 2007 (PIA 08951)
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  Janus Floats On
PIA 08951

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