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Saturn's Ring Patterns

Saturn's Ring Patterns
PIA 06556

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  Wave-like patterns in Saturn's rings and a nearly half-full Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) are caught together in this image from Cassini.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on November 19, 2004 from a distance of approximately 4.8 million kilometers (3 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 29 kilometers (18 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: January 7, 2005 (PIA 06556)
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