CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
B Ring in the Negative

B Ring in the Negative
PIA 10521

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  The B ring, shown here, is filled with radial structure. This image of the inner B ring was taken from the unlit side of the rings so the denser parts of the ring transmit less light and consequently appear darker here.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 21, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.198 million kilometers (745,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 26 degrees. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: November 26, 2008 (PIA 10521)
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