CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Helene "Rev 127" Flyby Raw Preview #2

Helene "Rev 127" Flyby Raw Preview #2
Avg Rating: 8.73/10

Full Size 1024x1024:
  This raw, unprocessed image of Helene was taken by Cassini on March 3, 2010.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 19,000 kilometers (12,000 miles) from Helene. Image scale is 113 meters (370 feet) 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 3, 2010
Image/Caption Information

Alliance Member Comments
enceladus5 (Mar 12, 2010 at 5:39 PM):
Nice photo fo Helene with Saturn in the background. Similar to a dramatic cloesup photo of Janus.
iwanttogotothere (Mar 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM):
Well I'm assuming the background is grey because that's Saturn... isn't it? So I was hoping in a peculiar atmospheric feature :)
Cosmic rays, always smearing our innocent CCDs!
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Mar 4, 2010 at 6:27 PM):
Almost certainly the streak is a cosmic ray. What did you think it was...a flying fish?!!
PolishBear (Mar 4, 2010 at 2:17 PM):
Lovely photo of Helene. I was also wondering about the little streak to the left; it almost looks like a meteor.
ultomatt (Mar 4, 2010 at 11:43 AM):
WOW!!! Awesome shot of Helene! More of the small moons...please (and thank you)!
iwanttogotothere (Mar 4, 2010 at 6:16 AM):
Amazing! What's the white little streak on the right? It doesn't look like the usual cosmic ray, though I could be one.
enceladus5 (Mar 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM):
Another example of Cassini's awesome capabilities. What a great closeup of Helene and various craters on its rugged surface.