CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Saturn's Derby

Saturn's Derby
PIA 07510

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  A string of three of Saturn's icy moons encircles the planet in this Cassini image.

Visible here are: Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) near lower right; Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) below the F ring; and Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) at lower left.

The scene has been brightened to increase the moons' visibility.

The image was taken in visible light with the wide angle camera on April 25, 2005, from a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 141 kilometers (87 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.

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

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 31, 2005 (PIA 07510)
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