CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Beyond Curved Rings

Beyond Curved Rings
PIA 12712

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  Saturn's rings appear curved in this Cassini view which also shows the moon Janus in the distance.

Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) is at the bottom of the image and is farther from the spacecraft than the rings are. Near the top of the image the rings appear curved because this view was captured using the narrow-angle camera to show a portion of the rings off the ansa and because Cassini is very near the ringplane.

This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 4 degrees below the ringplane. Several background stars are visible.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 20, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Janus. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 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: September 2, 2010 (PIA 12712)
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