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The Agitator

The Agitator
PIA 09006

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  Prometheus glides across the scene from left to right, sculpting and perturbing particles in Saturn's F ring. The bright core of the F ring is visible near the ring's ansa, or outer edge.

Prometheus is 86 kilometers (53 miles) across.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 2 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 28, 2007 at a distance of approximately 279,000 kilometers (174,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 17 kilometers (11 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 15, 2007 (PIA 09006)
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