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Saturn's Confidants
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Two of Saturn's icy attendants race past on their circuit of the ringed beauty.

Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across), with its prominent crater Herschel, is seen at right. The shepherd moon Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) cruises along at center.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 4 degrees below the ringplane. Shadows cast by the rings adorn the northern hemisphere.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 8, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 3.1 million kilometers (1.9 million miles) from the two moons. Image scale is about 18 kilometers (11 miles) per pixel on both bodies.

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: October 18, 2007 (PIA 09752)
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  Saturn's Confidants
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