On a high-inclination orbit of Saturn, Cassini gazes down at the north polar region of Janus.
This view looks toward Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) from a perspective 72 degrees north of the moon's equator.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 14, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 259,000 kilometers (161,000 miles) from Janus and at a Sun-Janus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 78 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (5,085 feet) 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.