Possible variations in chemical composition from one part of Saturn's ring system to another are visible in this archival image from NASA's Voyager 2.
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Composition Differences within Saturn's Rings

Possible variations in chemical composition from one part of Saturn's ring system to another are visible in this Voyager 2 picture as subtle color variations that can be recorded with special computer-processing techniques. This highly enhanced color view was assembled from clear, orange and ultraviolet frames obtained Aug. 17 from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles). In addition to the previously known blue color of the C-ring and the Cassini Division, the picture shows additional color differences between the inner B-ring and outer region (where the spokes form) and between these and the A-ring. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Image details

ID#:
PIA01486

Date added:
1998-10-30

Target:
S Rings

Mission:
Voyager

Spacecraft:
Imaging Science Subsystem

Instruments:
Voyager 2

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PIA01486.tif (2.84 MB)

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PIA01486.jpg (0.13 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL