PIA06113: The Atlas Ring

The Atlas Ring


A new found ring of material, S/2004 1 R, in the orbit of Saturn's moon Atlas has been seen in this view of the region between the edge of Saturn's A ring and the F ring.

The image was taken by the Cassini spacecraft wide angle camera on July 1, 2004, just after the spacecraft had crossed the ring plane following Saturn orbit insertion.

The maximum radial resolution is approximately 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel. The region from the A ring to the F ring spans some 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles). The image has been enhanced to show the presence of faint ring material just beyond the edge of the A ring and in the orbit of Atlas (indicated by the red line in the image on the right). The moon Prometheus (102 kilometers or 63 miles across) can be seen close to the F ring at the lower left of the image.

Background Info:

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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras, were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For more information, about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit, http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Atlas A Ring, F Ring, Prometheus, Saturn, Saturn Rings
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet, Ring
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Wide Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Color
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2004-09-09
Date in Caption 2004-07-01
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06113
Identifier PIA06113