Prometheus Lurking in the Rings
Prometheus shows up bright in this image of the dark side of the rings.
The bright band that appears above Prometheus in this image is the Cassini
division separating the (very dark) B ring and the A ring. The C ring,
interior to the B ring, is clearly visible.
10532The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft
narrow-angle camera on Oct. 20, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.076
million kilometers (668,000 miles) from Prometheus and at a
Sun-Prometheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 26 degrees. Image scale is 6
kilometers (4 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.
courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
image id: PIA10532