PIA08245: Inner C Ring


Inner C Ring

Caption:

Bright ringlets and dark gaps at the inner edge of the C ring sweep across this scene. The C ring contains numerous "plateaus" -- broad ring regions that are bright and surrounded by fainter material.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 23, 2006. The view was captured from 14 degrees below the ring plane and at a distance of approximately 272,000 kilometers (169,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) per pixel.

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 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 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Rings C Ring, Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Gap, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-08-17
Date in Caption 2006-07-23
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08245
Identifier PIA08245