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Saturn from above

Saturn from above

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NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Ian Regan

Saturn from above
On January 20, 2007 Cassini's orbit took it 60 degrees above the plane of the rings to capture this top-down view, composed of 12 separate wide-angle camera footprints. The resolution is about 77 kilometers per pixel. In the upper right corner of the image, Prometheus, Pandora, and Janus skirt the edge of the rings. This is the main ring system, from the thin braid of the F ring at outer edge, across the A ring to the densest B ring (which appears dark because we're looking at the unlit face here) into the C ring. The D ring is very faint and goes almost all the way down to Saturn's clouds.

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Original image data dated on or about January 20, 2007

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