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Moon Harvest
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Moon Harvest
PIA 09760

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  Three of Saturn's brood hurtle around the vast icy disc of its rings.

Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) hangs at the top of this view, with its large crater Herschel in view; Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) lies outside the narrow F ring at right; and centered between the F and A rings at bottom is little Atlas (30 kilometers, 19 miles across).

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 5 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 19, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 3.2 million kilometers (2 million miles) from Mimas, on which the image scale is 19 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: October 30, 2007 (PIA 09760)
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