CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Iceberg Beyond the Rings
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Cassini captured this glimpse of icy Epimetheus just before the small moon disappeared behind the bulk of Saturn's atmosphere.

See PIA07567 for a closer view of Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 20, 2005, at a distance of approximately 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Epimetheus and 2.2 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 14 kilometers (9 miles) per pixel on Epimetheus and 13 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel on Saturn.

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 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: January 23, 2006 (PIA 07680)
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  Iceberg Beyond the Rings
PIA 07680

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