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High Above Mimas
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High Above Mimas
PIA 09880

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  Cassini looks toward the high north on heavily cratered Mimas.

The unmistakable Herschel impact crater is seen at lower left.

Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn side of Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across). The moon's north pole is up and tilted slightly toward Cassini.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 11, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 795,000 kilometers (494,000 miles) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 88 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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 15, 2008 (PIA 09880)
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