CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
In Saturn's Grasp

In Saturn's Grasp
PIA 08931

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  Held in gravity's embrace, Saturn's darkened, icy rings encircle the clouded gas giant.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 29 degrees above the ringplane. The rings are made visible on this side (their "dark" side) by sunlight that scatters though them and by occulting the planet and background stars.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 29, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.9 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 113 kilometers (70 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: May 2, 2007 (PIA 08931)
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