Image: A Closer Look at Daphnis

Jul 07, 2010
This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Daphnis orbiting in a rift in Saturn's rings was taken on July 5, 2010, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured the closest images of Saturn's moon Daphnis to date.

In these raw images obtained on July 5, 2010, the can be seen orbiting in a rift known as the Keeler Gap in one of Saturn's rings.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of , the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. JPL designed, developed and assembled the Cassini orbiter.

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