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 (w x h)
 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.

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