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A pastel crescent of Saturn is interrupted by the moon Mimas and the rings in this color image.
Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) appears as a dark speck just above the rings. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.
Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 27, 2009 at a distance of approximately 2.2 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 129 kilometers (80 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.