CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Spoke Leftovers

Spoke Leftovers
PIA 11462

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  Faint, ghostly spokes dapple the dark side of Saturn's B ring as the planet's shadow makes a sharp diagonal cut across this image from Cassini.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 30, 2008. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 26 degrees above the ringplane. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 316,000 kilometers (196,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 147 degrees. Image scale is 15 kilometers (10 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: April 2, 2009 (PIA 11462)
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