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Ladder-like Ring
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Forever changing, the F ring takes on a ladder-like appearance in this recent Cassini image. Scientists believe that interactions between the F ring and moons cause the dynamic structure of the ring.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 32 degrees below the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 13, 2013.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 426,000 miles (686,000 kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 162 degrees. Image scale is 2 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: May 27, 2013 (PIA 14662)
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  Ladder-like Ring
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