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Cassini's images of Saturn rings
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Cassini took images with its narrow-angle camera after it had completed its engine burn and was cruising over the rings
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The pictures were taken as Cassini passed above the plane of Saturn's rings early on 1 July
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Saturn's moons influence the shape of the rings, in some cases creating gaps like this
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When viewed close up, the ring particles form complex patterns
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Different wave patterns can be seen in the pictures. On the right is a bending wave, while on the left is a density wave
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The density waves are ripple-like features in the rings and are caused by the influence of Saturn's moons
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The probe's narrow-angle camera was able to resolve fine detail in Saturn's ring system

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