CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Behind the Veil
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Saturn's northern hemisphere is visible through its gossamer disc of icy particles.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the A ring from about 21 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 19, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 806,000 kilometers (501,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is about 4 kilometers (3 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: June 24, 2008 (PIA 10410)
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  Behind the Veil
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