CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Fascinating F Ring

In the lower right of this image, Cassini captures an intriguing feature of Saturn's tenuous F ring.

To learn more about this ring, see PIA07717 and PIA08397. Several background stars are visible in this image. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 64 degrees below the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 23, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 905,000 kilometers (562,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 107 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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: June 22, 2009 (PIA 11519)
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  Fascinating F Ring
PIA 11519

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Alliance Member Comments
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Jun 23, 2009 at 10:24 AM):
My opinion is that this is a strange and unusual feature.