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F Ring in Between

 

Two ring moons sweep through the scene as Cassini focuses on Saturn's

intriguing F ring.

  

Daphnis (8 kilometers, or 5 miles across) is seen at right with its edge

waves in the Keeler Gap. Pandora (81 kilometers, or 50 miles across)

appears at left.

  

This image is part of a movie sequence designed to observe the appearance

of the F ring and its faint flanking ringlets. As such, the exposure was

not optimized to image Pandora, therefore the moon is overexposed.

  

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 22

degrees above the ringplane.The image was taken in visible light with the

Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 5, 2008. The view was

obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (718,000

miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The

Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and

assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space

Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

  

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit

saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. The Cassini imaging team

homepage is at ciclops.org.

 

credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Taken on April 29, 2012