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Obscuring Epimetheus
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Saturn's narrow F ring partly obscures the small moon Epimetheus. Interior to the F ring is the bright A ring.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 2 degrees below the ringplane. Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) is on the side of the rings opposite from Cassini.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 11, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (766,000 miles) from Epimetheus. Image scale is 7 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: July 24, 2008 (PIA 10432)
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  Obscuring Epimetheus
PIA 10432

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