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Hovering Mimas

Hovering Mimas
PIA 06478

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  Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles wide) hangs in the sky above Saturn's rings in this narrow angle camera image from August 3, 2004. Saturn's shadow stretches across the rings at bottom right, while several bright clumps in the F ring orbit the planet.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera from a distance of 8 million kilometers (5 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 48 kilometers (30 miles) per pixel. The image has been slightly contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.

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: September 16, 2004 (PIA 06478)
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