CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

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Cassini returns another dazzling postcard from its journey with this view of cloud-streaked Saturn and two of its moons.

Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) appears against the planet. Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) is seen below the rings at left.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 6 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 25, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2.2 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 67 degrees. Image scale is 130 kilometers (81 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 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: November 8, 2007 (PIA 09767)
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