CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Saturn Rings Processed #3

This is a narrow-angle camera image of Saturn's rings taken after the successful completion of the orbit insertion burn. At this time Cassini viewed the rings from the north side. The Sun illuminates the rings from the south side. The image shows the outer part of the 325-km wide Encke gap in Saturn's A Ring, which is formed by the moon Pan. The ring material just outside the Encke gap is disturbed by Pan. The pixel scale of this image is about 270 meters/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 Office of Space Science, 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: April 2, 2009 (PIA 06094)
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  Saturn Rings Processed #3
PIA 06094

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