CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Spoke Embellishment

Bright spokes grace Saturn's B ring in this Cassini snapshot that also features a couple of the planet's moons large and small.

Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across) can be seen in the upper left of the image. Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) appears as a small speck beyond the thin F ring near the center left of the image. The spokes are particularly noticeable on the far right of the image. See PIA12605 to learn more about spokes.

This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from about 8 degrees above the ringplane. Pandora has been brightened by a factor of two relative to the rings and Dione to enhance visibility. Dione is overexposed here.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 30, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.9 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 104 degrees. Image scale is 111 kilometers (69 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: August 16, 2010 (PIA 12699)
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  Spoke Embellishment
PIA 12699

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