CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Scrambled Edge

The outer edge of Saturn's A ring displays intriguing structure in this Cassini view. The scrambled pattern in the outer edge is not unlike the pattern Cassini recently imaged in the outer B-ring edge (see PIA09855). As with the B-ring edge, the pattern could represent clumping caused by periodic compression of this ring region.

This scene looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 42 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 23, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 192,000 kilometers (119,000 miles) from the rings. Image scale is 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) 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: May 1, 2008 (PIA 09892)
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  Scrambled Edge
PIA 09892

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