CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Navigating the Blackness

Navigating the Blackness
PIA 11524

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  Saturn's moon Atlas plies the Roche Division between the A ring and the thin F ring.

Atlas (30 kilometers, 19 miles across) is near the center of the image. Bright specks in the image are background stars.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 61 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 30, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles) from Atlas and at a Sun-Atlas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 74 degrees. Image scale is 9 kilometers (5 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 29, 2009 (PIA 11524)
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mipsandbips (Jun 29, 2009 at 6:17 PM):
Very familiar to the image in "Star Companions".