The Cassini spacecraft made this view of Saturn enveloped by the full splendor of its rings.
This image shows Saturn floating obliquely as one of its satellites, Dione, hangs in the distance. The rings glow feebly in the scattered light that filters through them. Dione is 700 miles across. The image was taken in visible light by Cassini's wide-angle camera at a distance of approximately 800,000 miles from Saturn.
Saturn's rings are seen during a ring plane crossing by the Cassini spacecraft. The moon Enceladus is the white dot above the sunlit rings.
Cassini coasts beneath the giant, pastel-shaded Saturn, staring upward at its gleaming crescent and icy rings.
Saturn's rings fade into shadow.
Cassini, flying above Saturn at a distance of approximately 1 million miles, captured this view of an alien copper-colored ring world. The overexposed planet has deliberately been removed to show the unlit rings alone, seen from an elevation of 60 degrees, though the planet's shadow carves a dark swath across the ring plane at the right. The view is a mosaic of 27 images taken over the course of about 45 minutes.