Faint ringlets abound in this view of Saturn's F and outer A rings. The F ring presents its familiar irregularities near the ring's ansa, or edge. At lower right can be seen faint ringlets within the Encke Gap.
The oblong moon Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) is overexposed in this image, due to the long exposure time employed.
This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 1 degree above the ringplane.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 4, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (784,000 miles) from Pandora and at a Sun-Pandora-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 10 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 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.