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Solar System in Miniature
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Solar System in Miniature
PIA 09776

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  Saturn's icy satellites wheel about the colorful giant planet, while the rings shine dimly in scattered sunlight. The Ringed Planet is, in many ways, a laboratory for investigating the history of our solar system and how planets form around other stars.

Moons visible in this view: Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across), largest in the scene, on the far side of the ringplane; Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across), on the near side of the rings, below Tethys; Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across), left of the rings' edge. Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) is a speck below the rings' edge, between Janus and Mimas.

Mimas casts a shadow onto Saturn's bluish northern hemisphere.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 2 degrees above the ringplane.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The view was acquired with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 30, 2007. The view was taken at a distance of approximately 2.6 million kilometers (1.6 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 153 kilometers (95 miles) per pixel on the planet.

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: November 21, 2007 (PIA 09776)
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Alliance Member Comments
Tiger (Apr 4, 2008 at 8:27 AM):
sorry professor,sorry everybody for being impolite
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Apr 4, 2008 at 8:21 AM):
Welcome Tiger. But please put all you comments in one comment field. And don't worry about misspellings. We are very forgiving, and ask you to be also.

Have fun!
Tiger (Apr 4, 2008 at 7:50 AM):
By the way,uh...the wonderful you typed is spelled wrong...
Tiger (Apr 4, 2008 at 7:45 AM):
It is a wonderful solar system indeed,Frank
Tiger (Apr 4, 2008 at 7:39 AM):
hey guys.I`m a new member and I want to join your conversations.By the way, my name is Tyler
Frank (Apr 3, 2008 at 9:28 PM):
What a wonderfull system
delayna77 (Dec 8, 2007 at 5:09 PM):
one giant leap for mankind.
Red_dragon (Dec 1, 2007 at 5:03 AM):
100% agree with Rich777. Great image, more than worthwile of a good sci-fi movie. You'd make more of these, where Saturn appear accompanied of its moons.
Rich777 (Nov 30, 2007 at 1:50 PM):
These images are so breathtaking. Our future children are in for a treat once they can travel themselves to explore these fantastic worlds. =)

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