CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Herschel Sees the Sun

Herschel Sees the Sun
PIA 07639

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  Impact-battered Mimas steps in front of Saturn's rings, showing off its giant 130-km (80-miles) wide crater Herschel.

The illuminated terrain seen here is on the moon's leading hemisphere. North on Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) is up and rotated 20 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini narrow-angle camera on Oct. 13, 2005 at a distance of approximately 711,000 kilometers (442,000 miles) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 112 degrees. The image scale is 4 kilometers (3 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: November 25, 2005 (PIA 07639)
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