PIA09810: Warp Zone


Warp Zone

Caption:

A small moon appears from behind giant Saturn, accompanied by a warped view of the rings.

Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is seen here between the A and F rings. Close to the planet, the image of the rings is slightly distorted by Saturn's upper atmosphere.

This view is similar to PIA09807 , which features Pandora.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 9 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 30, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Prometheus. Image scale is 10 kilometers (6 miles) 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 Prometheus A Ring, F Ring, Pandora, 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 Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2008-01-08
Date in Caption 2007-11-30
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA09810
Identifier PIA09810