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PIA 06615

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  Saturn's small, irregularly-shaped moon Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) orbits against the backdrop of the planet's rings, which are nearly edge-on in this view. Some of the moon's larger geological features can be seen here.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on February 18, 2005, from a distance of approximately 990,000 kilometers (615,000 miles) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 99 degrees. Resolution in the original image was 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel. The image has been contrast-enhanced and magnified by a factor of two to aid visibility.

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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 29, 2005 (PIA 06615)
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