CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Saturn and its satellites Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas

Saturn and its satellites Tethys (outer left), Enceladus (inner left)and Mimas (right of rings) are seen in this mosaic of images taken by NASA's Voyager 1 on Oct. 30, 1980 from a distance of 18 million kilometers (11 million miles). The soft, velvety appearance of the low-contrast banded structure and increased reflection of blue light near the perimeter of the Saturn disk are due to scattering by a haze layer above the planet's cloud deck.

Features larger than 350 kilometers (220 miles) are visible. The projected width of the rings at the center of the disk is 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles), which provides a scale for estimating feature sizes on the image.

The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Acquired: October 1980
  Saturn and its satellites Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas
PIA 01383

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Alliance Member Comments
jsc248 (Dec 7, 2007 at 3:02 AM):
I will always remember my jaw drop when I watched the first raw images coming through Carolyn, it is just a shame to think we'll never see them (the two voyagers that is!) again! John.
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Dec 6, 2007 at 7:32 PM):
JSC248, I completely agree with you. Voyager was magical, and there will never be another mission like it. - Carolyn
jsc248 (Dec 6, 2007 at 2:12 PM):
It would be a shame to forget the amazing images from Voyager. The Cassini images inspire the imagination with beauty and grace but these images did the same some 27 years ago! This early image proves the point. Fantastic.