PIA02275: Saturn's Rings - High Resolution
Target Name: S Rings
Is a satellite of: Saturn
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 2
Instrument: VG ISS - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 707 x 730 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P23925
Addition Date: 2000-05-23
Primary Data Set: Voyager EDRs
Full-Res TIFF: PIA02275.tif (228.3 kB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA02275.jpg (68.54 kB)

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Voyager 2 obtained this high-resolution picture of Saturn's rings Aug. 22, when the spacecraft was 4 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) away. Evident here are the numerous "spoke" features, in the B-ring; their very sharp, narrow appearance suggests short formation times. Scientists think electromagnetic forces are responsible in some way for these features, but no detailed theory has been worked out. Pictures such as this and analyses of Voyager 2's spoke movies may reveal more clues about the origins of these complex structures. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
2000-05-23