CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Beyond the Limb
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Saturn's C ring emerges from behind the planet's hazy limb.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 15 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 17, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 937,000 kilometers (582,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. 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 was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: July 16, 2008 (PIA 10426)
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  Beyond the Limb
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