CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Cassini Scores a Triple

Cassini Scores a Triple
PIA 09008

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  Views from edge-on with the rings are perfect for capturing multiple Saturnian moons grouped closely on the sky.

Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across), with its enormous crater Odysseus, is partly overexposed near upper right. At left, Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) hovers above the rings, while Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) hangs below.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 2, 2007 at a distance of approximately 2.2 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 12 kilometers (7 miles) per pixel on Tethys, 13 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel on Pandora, and 14 kilometers (9 miles) per pixel on Epimetheus.

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 17, 2007 (PIA 09008)
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