CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Flying Over Mimas

Flying Over Mimas
PIA 07710

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  This movie was made of narrow angle images taken over a period of 7 hours during Cassini's close encounter with Saturn's moon Mimas on August 2, 2005.

During the movie, the moon appears to rotate through about 115 degrees and the range varies from 253,000 to 64,000 km (158,000 to 40,000 miles). The image scale in the final pan across the surface, is about 760 meters 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 5, 2005 (PIA 07710)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Jan 21, 2008 at 2:32 AM):
Really cool!. It's impossible to see the video and not to remember Luke's flight over the DS