CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Framing the C Ring

Framing the C Ring
PIA 07613

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  Cassini looks close to Saturn to frame a view encompassing the entire C ring. In the dark region closer to the planet lies the much dimmer D ring.

The bright B ring wraps around the left side of the scene, while Saturn's shadow darkens the rings at bottom.

The image was taken in visible light with the wide angle camera on Sept. 4, 2005, from a distance of approximately 627,000 kilometers (390,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 34 kilometers (21 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: October 21, 2005 (PIA 07613)
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