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Over the Top
PIA 09876

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  Saturn dominates this colorful view, taken from a vantage point high above the rings. From here Cassini can see the rings' far side, where the dark shadow of Saturn abruptly terminates their visibility.

Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) casts its shadow onto the planet's northern latitudes below center.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 27 degrees above the ringplane.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 26, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 93 kilometers (58 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 9, 2008 (PIA 09876)
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Red_dragon (Apr 10, 2008 at 8:17 AM):
"Over The Top". Isn't that a song from the heavy metal band Motörhead? :)

Fantastic image. I hope you'll enjoy creating them as we seeing them.