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Field of Moons
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Field of Moons
PIA 09824

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  A color portrait of Saturn's sunlight-scattering rings hosts a group of several moons.

Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) is visible at top. At bottom, in increasing distance from the rings are Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across), Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) and Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across).

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 10 degrees above the ringplane. Saturn's shadow can be seen on the rings at upper left.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 22, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is about 110 kilometers (68 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: January 28, 2008 (PIA 09824)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Jan 28, 2008 at 1:56 PM):
Fantastic image, as usual. May we have much more years of great pictures from Saturn as this one, thanks to that legendary explorer called Cassini and all the people behind it.

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