CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Waving to Janus

Waving to Janus
PIA 08977

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  Cassini gazes down toward Saturn's unilluminated ringplane to find Janus hugging the outer edge of the rings.

This view looks toward the rings from about 3 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 29, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.5 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Janus. Image scale is 9 kilometers (6 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: July 5, 2007 (PIA 08977)
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