CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
D-Ring Structure

D-Ring Structure
PIA 08990

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  Faint features in Saturn's innermost ring, the D ring, are brought into view in this strongly contrast-enhanced Cassini image. A few background stars are visible through the sheer ring as squiggly star trails.

The inner region of the C ring is seen at upper left.

The view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 18 degrees below the ringplane. The faint diagonal wedge shape on the left side of the image was caused by stray light in the camera optics.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 12, 2007 at a distance of approximately 238,000 kilometers (148,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 1 kilometer (0.6 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 24, 2007 (PIA 08990)
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