CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
The Inner Rings

The Inner Rings
PIA 08869

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  Cassini looks toward the innermost region of Saturn's rings, capturing (from right to left) the C and B rings. The dark, inner edge of the Cassini Division is just visible in the lower left corner. (The innermost D ring is too faint to be clearly seen here.)

The image looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 50 degrees above the ringplane. Thus, from this perspective, the Sun's light makes particles visible as it scatters through the rings toward the camera.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 17, 2006 at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (700,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 64 kilometers (40 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: February 1, 2007 (PIA 08869)
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Alliance Member Comments
DEChengst (Feb 20, 2007 at 1:14 PM):
Who said a planet can't look like a record ?

Red_dragon (Feb 19, 2007 at 7:09 AM):
I agree.Great picture,especially with the aspect of the rings;they look as if they had been drawn with a compass.
JEC (Feb 10, 2007 at 9:29 AM):
This is a great picture. It is fun to match the visual appearance of the rings with the occultation data that we get with UVIS.