CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Straightening Out The kinks

Straightening Out The kinks
PIA 10564

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  Saturn's F ring, which appears kinked and gored in many images, looks straight here.

Above the core, the ghostly strands of the F ring's spiral arm are visible.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 67 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 8, 2008 at a distance of approximately 622,000 kilometers (386,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 75 degrees. Image scale is 3 kilometers (2 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: January 26, 2009 (PIA 10564)
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