CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Sojourn at Saturn

Off the shoulder of giant Saturn, a bright pinpoint marks the location of the ring moon Atlas. Shadows cast by the C ring adorn the planet at upper right.

The thin boundary of Saturn's high haze layer can be seen immediately to the left of the planet's limb, near center.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from less than a degree above the ringplane. Atlas is 30 kilometers (19 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 17, 2007 at a distance of approximately 2.2 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is about 13 kilometers (8 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: August 1, 2007 (PIA 08996)
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  Sojourn at Saturn
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