CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Star Companions

Star Companions
PIA 11494

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  Atlas is seen in this image with several background stars as the moon orbits within the Roche Division -- the region between Saturn's A and F rings.

Atlas (30 kilometers, 19 miles across) is in the top left quadrant of the image. For higher-resolution images of this saucer shaped moon, see PIA 08405.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 65 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 acquired at a distance of approximately 913,000 kilometers (567,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 105 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 18, 2009 (PIA 11494)
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