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Cassini Discovers the F Ring Is Embraced by a Spiral

Cassini Discovers the F Ring Is Embraced by a Spiral
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  Cassini imaging science results presented in this week's issue of the journal Science detail the discovery that 'ringlets' flanking the F ring core actually are a single spiral arm, tightly wound around the planet, and probably created when satellites cross the F ring.

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: November 24, 2005 (PIA 07757)
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