CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Crescent Saturn
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Saturn, only a thin, lit crescent, poses gracefully for the Cassini cameras.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 42 degrees below the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 20, 2013 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.5 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 142 degrees. Image scale is 85 miles (136 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: March 17, 2014 (PIA 17156)
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  Crescent Saturn
PIA 17156

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Alliance Member Comments
NeKto (Mar 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM):
another wonderful image. i like the ghostly veil the rings appear as in this one. it will be very difficult for any body of work to surpass the imagery Cassini has brought us so far. can we nominate a robot for photographer of the century? certainly one of the best cameras ever. incredible subject matter at almost every turn. most important, one heck of a team calling the shots from a light half hour away.

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