A bright clump of material within Saturn's tenuous F ring stands out near the center top of this Cassini spacecraft image.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 16, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 320,000 kilometers (199,000 miles) from the F ring. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) per pixel.
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.
|Target||Saturn Rings||F Ring|
|Instrument Host||Cassini Orbiter|
|Instrument||Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)|
|Detector||Narrow Angle Camera|
|Extra Keywords||Clump, Grayscale, Visual|
|Date in Caption||2010-10-16|
|Image Credit||NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute|