PIA02271: Crescent of Saturn


Crescent of Saturn

Caption:

The crescent of Saturn, the planet's rings and their shadows are seen in this Voyager 1 image taken Nov. 13, 1980 at a distance of 1,500,000 kilometers (930,000 miles) as the spacecraft began to leave the Saturn system. The bright limb of Saturn is clearly visible through the A, B, and C rings. The dark band cutting through the crescent is the shadow of the rings. This image was overexposed to bring out detail in the rings, so the crescent appears artificially brighter.

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 A Ring, B Ring, C Ring, Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Planet
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 1
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2000-05-23
Date in Caption 1980-11-13
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02271
Identifier PIA02271