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Title: Saturn's C-Ring

Source: Voyager 2

Information: This view focusing on Saturn's C-ring (and to a lesser extent, the B-ring at top left) is a false color image made from three pictures taken through separate filters: ultraviolet, clear (a blue filter) and green. Voyager 2 obtained this visual data August 23, 1981 from a range of 2,7 million kilometers (1.7 million miles). More than 60 bright and dark ringlets are evident here; the small, bland squares are caused by the removal of Reseau (reference) marks during processing. Note the color difference between the C-ring (blue in this picture) and the B-ring, an indication of differing surface compositions for the material composing these two complex structures. This image also reveals three ringlet within the C-ring with the same pale yellow color of dirty ice. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.