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Bright Strands
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A section of Saturn's perturbed F ring displays kinks in its bright strands.

At left, edge waves in the Encke Gap, caused by the presence of Pan, can be seen, along with two faint ringlets.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 4 degrees above the ringplane. The rings disappear into the planet's shadow at the top of the scene.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 14, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-ring-spacecraft, or phase, angle of about 55 degrees. 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: December 25, 2007 (PIA 09800)
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  Bright Strands
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