CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Darkside Beauty

Cassini spies Atlas, accompanied by bright clumps of material in the F ring, as it gazes down at the unilluminated side of the rings.

This view looks toward the rings from about 4 degrees above the ringplane. Atlas is a mere 30 kilometers (19 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 1, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 532,000 kilometers (330,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-ring-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 63 degrees at the center of this view. Image scale is about 30 kilometers (18 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: November 6, 2007 (PIA 09765)
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  Darkside Beauty
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