A lone moon coasts along in this view, which was taken from less than a
degree below Saturn's sunlit ringplane. The rings are squashed into a
narrow band from this viewing angle, foreshortening all of their radial
Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) travels from left to right
here, led by its large crater Herschel.
The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft
narrow-angle camera on Oct. 26, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance
of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (661,000 miles) from Mimas. Image
scale is 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European
Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages
the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The
Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and
assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space
Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm. The Cassini imaging team
homepage is at http://ciclops.org.
courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
image id: PIA09779