CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Toward the Shadow
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This strikingly crisp view shows Atlas heading into Saturnís shadow at upper left. The moonís basic, elongated shape is easy to detect here (see PIA08233 for a different perspective on Atlas).

Above Atlas (30 kilometers, 19 miles across) in the image, a bright clump in the F ring also heads toward the darkness.

This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 30 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 19, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (700,000 miles) from Atlas. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in 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.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 1, 2007 (PIA 08887)
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  Toward the Shadow
PIA 08887

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