CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Looking Down on Epimetheus

From 34 degrees above Saturn's equatorial plane, Cassini gazed down at Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across). The region seen here includes territory farther north and east than that imaged in March 2005 (see PIA06226).

The two largest craters visible here are the only officially named features on Epimetheus. The crater at left (at about the 9 o'clock position) is named Pollux; the crater at lower left (containing a string of several smaller craters) is called Hilairea.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on July 14, 2005, from a distance of approximately 87,000 kilometers (54,000 miles) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 95 degrees. The image scale is 520 meters (1,710 feet) 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: August 18, 2005 (PIA 07567)
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  Looking Down on Epimetheus
PIA 07567

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