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Saturn's F ring
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Saturn's F, or outermost ring was photographed from the unilluminated face of the rings by Voyager 1 at a range of 750,000 kilometers (470,000 miles).

Complex structure is evident, with several components seen. Two narrow, braided, bright rings that trace distinct orbits are evident. Visible is a broader, very diffuse component about 35 kilometers (20 miles) in width. Also seen are "knots," which probably are local clumps of ring material, but may be mini-moons.

The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Acquired: November 1980
  Saturn's F ring
PIA 02283


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