CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Welcome Disruption

The line of Saturn's rings disrupts Cassini's view of the moons Tethys and Titan.

Larger Titan (3200 miles, 5150 kilometers across) is on the left. Tethys (660 miles, 1062 kilometers across) is near the center of the image. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing sides of Tethys and Titan. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from less than one degree above the ring plane.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 7, 2011. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.4 million miles (2.2 million kilometers) from Tethys and 1.9 million miles (3.1 million kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 8 miles (13 kilometers) per pixel on Tethys and 12 miles (19 kilometers) on Titan.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: January 9, 2012 (PIA 14591)
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nina (Jan 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM):
So very thrilling to see the light & shadows on these moons of Saturn.
stowaway (Jan 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM):
they just keep getting better and better