CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Warp Zone

A small moon appears from behind giant Saturn, accompanied by a warped view of the rings.

Prometheus (86 kilometers, 53 miles across) is seen here between the A and F rings. Close to the planet, the image of the rings is slightly distorted by Saturn's upper atmosphere.

This view is similar to PIA09807, which features Pandora.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 9 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 30, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Prometheus. Image scale is 10 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: January 8, 2008 (PIA 09810)
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  Warp Zone
PIA 09810

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