CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
In a Thin Ring

In a Thin Ring
PIA 12766

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  A bright clump of material within Saturn's tenuous F ring stands out near the center top of this Cassini image.

See PIA12710 and PIA12875 to learn more about the F ring and its unusual "fan" features. This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 1 degree below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 16, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 320,000 kilometers (199,000 miles) from the F ring. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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: May 16, 2011 (PIA 12766)
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