CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
A Diverse Family

A Diverse Family
PIA 09004

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  Three of Saturn's brood are captured near the rings in this view from Cassini. Together they showcase the rich variety of worlds found in the Saturn System.

Pictured here are: Titan (5,150 kilometers, 3,200 miles across) at upper left, Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) at right and Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) just above the rings left of center.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 2 degrees above the ringplane. The planet is overexposed in this view.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 24, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 183 kilometers (114 miles) per pixel on Titan, 132 kilometers (82 miles) per pixel on Dione and 115 kilometers (71 miles) per pixel at the distance of Janus.

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 13, 2007 (PIA 09004)
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Alliance Member Comments
dannywaller (Aug 27, 2007 at 7:32 AM):
good beafull 2 planet into saturn?
Red_dragon (Aug 13, 2007 at 2:01 PM):
Yet another of these "Kodak Moments". Bravo for all the good people at CICLOPS.