CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Bird's Eye View

Cassini looks down from a high-inclination orbit to spot two of Saturn's ring moons.

Prometheus (86 kilometers, 53 miles across) leads a train of dark gores in the narrow F ring. Farther from Saturn lies Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across), which sits in its own faint ring--invisible here but clearly seen in PIA08328.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 62 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 19, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 740,000 kilometers (460,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 41 kilometers (25 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: May 20, 2008 (PIA 09905)
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  Bird's Eye View
PIA 09905

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