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Mimas' Stretched Shadow
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The shadow of Saturn's moon Mimas is elongated across the planet in this Cassini image.

The moon itself is not shown, but the shadow appears just above the ringplane on the right of the image. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from about 1 degree above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 18, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.9 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 92 degrees. Image scale is 112 kilometers (70 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 22, 2010 (PIA 12617)
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  Mimas' Stretched Shadow
PIA 12617

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