CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Rubbing-out the Rings

Rubbing-out the Rings
PIA 07608

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  Saturn's shadow spreads across the rings here, extending beyond the F ring and its tenuous, flanking ringlets. This view catches Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) on its day-long sojourn around the planet.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on August 24, 2005, from a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 84 degrees. The image scale is 13 kilometers (8 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: October 14, 2005 (PIA 07608)
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