Image: Speck between rings

Dec 06, 2010
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Saturn's moon Atlas can be seen just above the center of this Cassini spacecraft image as it orbits in the Roche Division between Saturn's A ring and thin F ring.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow-angle camera on April 12, 2010.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million miles (2.1 million kilometers) from Atlas.

Atlas is an inner satellite of . It is the closest satellite to the sharp outer edge of the A ring.

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An arrow would help. As it is, I'm just guessing.

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