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Saturnian Citizens
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Saturnian Citizens
PIA 09780

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  Cassini spies two icy denizens of the Saturn System as they hurtle past.

The view captures Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) at bottom, with Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) about 48,000 kilometers (30,000 miles) farther beyond.

This scene looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 3 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 6, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.8 million kilometers (1.8 million miles) from Mimas. Image scale is 17 kilometers (11 miles) per pixel on both moons.

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 27, 2007 (PIA 09780)
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