CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Atlas and Daphnis

Atlas and Daphnis
PIA 09907

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  Looking upward from beneath the ringplane, Cassini spies Saturn's "wavemaker" and "flying saucer" moons.

Daphnis (8 kilometers, 5 miles across) and its gravitationally induced edge waves are seen at left within the Keeler Gap. The equatorial bulge on Atlas (30 kilometers, 19 miles across) is clearly visible here.

See PIA06237 and PIA08405 for additional images and information about these two moons.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 16 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 22, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 898,000 kilometers (558,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is about 5 kilometers (3 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 22, 2008 (PIA 09907)
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