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The Space Between
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The Space Between
PIA 12550

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  Saturn's rings occupy the space between two of the planet's moons in this image which shows the highly reflective moon Enceladus in the background and the smaller moon Janus in the fore.

Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) is near the center of the image. Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) is on the far right. Janus, at a distance of 2.3 million kilometers (1.4 million miles), is closest to Cassini here. Enceladus, at a distance of 2.6 million kilometers (1.6 million miles), the farthest object in this image. The rings are in between.

This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. The rings and Janus have been brightened by a factor of two relative to Enceladus.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 28, 2009. Scale on Enceladus is 16 kilometers (10 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: February 16, 2010 (PIA 12550)
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