Bird's Eye View
The Cassini spacecraft looks down from a high-inclination orbit to spot
two of Saturn's ring moons.
Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across at its widest point) leads a
train of dark gores in the narrow F ring. Farther from Saturn lies Janus
(179 kilometers, or 111 miles across at its widest point), which sits in
its own faint ring—invisible here but clearly seen in PIA08328.
This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 62
degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the
Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 19, 2008. The view was
acquired at a distance of approximately 740,000 kilometers (460,000 miles)
from Saturn. Image scale is 41 kilometers (25 miles) 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.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team
homepage is at http://ciclops.org.
courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
image id: PIA09905