NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's B ring showing off bright spokes in the middle of this image taken at high phase in visible light with the narrow-angle camera.
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Spokes on Display

Saturn's B ring shows off bright spokes in the middle of this image taken at high phase.

This image was captured at a sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 119 degrees. To learn more about these ghostly radial markings, see PIA10567 and PIA11144.

This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from about 10 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 20, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 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.

Image details

ID#:
PIA11587

Date added:
2009-09-24

Target:
S Rings

Mission:
Cassini-Huygens

Spacecraft:
Cassini Orbiter

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

Size:
1020 x 1020 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA11587.tif (1.04 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA11587.jpg (0.1 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute