Words often cannot do justice to such stunning scenes as this, where the majesty of Saturn overwhelms. Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) glides past in its orbit, and the icy rings mask the frigid northern latitudes with their shadows.
The image was taken in visible green light with the wide angle camera on June 10, 2005, from a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 80 kilometers (50 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.