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Cassini captures three moons at once as they hurtle around Saturn. In the background, Saturn's night side occults the more distant portion of the rings, betraying the presence of the unseen giant.
At left and right respectively, the two smaller moons are Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) and Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across). Larger Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) lies below.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 16, 2006, at a distance of approximately 3.3 million kilometers (2.1 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is about 20 kilometers (12 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.