CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Dione and Enceladus

This fanciful view spies the Saturnian moons, Dione and Enceladus, from just beneath the ringplane. Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) is on the near side of the rings with respect to Cassini, and Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is on the far side.

Saturn's shadow stretches beyond the outermost reaches of the main rings, causing them to disappear at left.

The image was taken with the Cassini narrow-angle camera using spectral filters sensitive to polarized green light on Oct. 15, 2005. at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Dione and 1.5 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Enceladus. The image scale is 12 kilometers (7 miles) per pixel on Dione and 9 kilometers (6 miles) per pixel on Enceladus.

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: December 5, 2005 (PIA 07645)
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  Dione and Enceladus
PIA 07645

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