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Beyond the expanse of the rings sits Saturn's innermost large moon, Mimas. The rim of the large crater Herschel is visible as a flattening of the moon's leading side, at left.
The view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 6 degrees above the ringplane. Mimas is 396 kilometers (246 miles) across.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 18, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (989,000 miles) from Mimas. Image scale is 10 kilometers (6 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.