CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Limb Scan

Limb Scan
PIA 10442

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  This bizarre scene shows the cloud-streaked limb of Saturn in front of the planet's B ring. The ring's image is warped near the limb by the diffuse gas in Saturn's upper atmosphere.

For additional examples of this effect, see PIA09810, PIA07521 and PIA06656.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 31 degrees below the ringplane. North on Saturn is up.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 24, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 750 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 657,000 kilometers (408,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 4 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: August 7, 2008 (PIA 10442)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Aug 17, 2008 at 5:34 AM):
Superb. It's fun to compare it with
bruno.thiery (Aug 10, 2008 at 4:16 AM):
Do not slip or you will take quite a ride from the rings to the clouds top...