CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Intricate C Ring Details

Intricate C Ring Details
PIA 06537

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  Saturn's inner C ring spreads across the field of view, showing the characteristic platau and wave-like structure for which it is famed. The center of this image shows an area approximately 75,000 kilometers (46,600 miles) from Saturn. The dark gap through the middle of the frame is the Colombo gap which houses the bright, narrow, eccentric Colombo ringlet, in resonance with the moon Titan.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on October 29, 2004, from a distance of about 842,000 (523,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 4.7 kilometers (2.9 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: December 7, 2004 (PIA 06537)
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