Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) is seen here from just beneath the ring plane, along with Saturn's intriguing F ring. The bright, knotted core of the F ring is flanked on both sides by thin, dusty strands. The outer part of the A ring is visible at left.
Part of the little moon's night side is illuminated by reflected light from the planet. For a closer view of Epimetheus see PIA06226.
The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on June 30, 2005 from a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 93 degrees. Resolution in the original image was 11 kilometers (7 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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.