Detail View: NASA Planetary Photo Journal Collection: Saturn's F-ring and inner satellite

Title: 
Saturn's F-ring and inner satellite
Original Caption Released with Image: 
Saturn's F-ring and its inner shepherding satellite (1980S27) are pictured in this closeup Voyager 2 image acquired Aug. 25 from a range of 365,000 kilometers (227,000 miles). Features as small as 6 km. (3.7 mi.) across are visible. The satellite is elongated and irregular, with its longest axis pointing toward the center of Saturn (toward the upper right in this view). As seen here, the F-ring is thin and does not show the multiple, braided structure Voyager 1 saw last fall. Nor is there any indication of a band or kink in the ring at its closest point to the shepherd; such a feature would be consistent with some of the theories advanced on the formation of the braids. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Addition Date: 
1999-04-11
Produced By: 
JPL
Mission: 
Voyager
Spacecraft: 
Voyager 2
Target Name: 
S Rings
Is a satellite of: 
Saturn
Instrument: 
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 
520 samples x 350 lines
Primary Data Set: 
Voyager EDRs
Producer ID: 
P23951
facet_what: 
Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
facet_where: 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Image #: 
PIA01951
UID: 
SPD-PHOTJ-PIA01951
original url: 
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01951