Reflected light from Saturn dimly illuminates the night side of cratered Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) in this Cassini image. Above, the outer edges of the planet's main rings show some interesting details.
Several thin ringlets comprising the F ring are nicely visible here, and the bright core of the ring displays a few twisted knots. Perhaps less noticeable are kinks in one of the thin ringlets of material visible within the Encke Gap near the upper left corner. The outer edge of the A ring appears notably brighter than the ring material on the other side of the narrow Keeler Gap. Finally, numerous gravitational resonances give the A ring a grooved or striped appearance in this view.
The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on January 17, 2005, from a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (746,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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.