PIA01389: View of Saturn's Rings

View of Saturn’s Rings


This was one of the first pictures obtained once Voyager 2 resumed returning images Aug. 29, 1979 after its scan platform was commanded to view Saturn. Problems with the platform, on which Voyager's cameras and other instruments are mounted, had prevented the return of images for a few days. This view shows some detail and differences in the complex system of rings. The "reddening" of the B-ring on the unlit side also was seen in Voyager 1 images. Voyager 2 obtained this picture from a range 3.4 million kilometers (2.1 million miles) through the clear, green and violet filters.

Background Info:

The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Rings B Ring, Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 1 Voyager 2
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Color
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1999-01-18
Date in Caption 1979-08-29
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01389
Identifier PIA01389