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Banded Giant

Banded Giant
PIA 09740

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  Rhea transits the banded clouds of the Ringed Planet. The edge-on rings cast curved shadows onto Saturn's northern hemisphere.

Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) across. Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) sits on the far side of the ringplane, near right.

The image was taken in visible blue light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 13, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 4.1 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 240 kilometers (149 miles) per pixel.

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: October 2, 2007 (PIA 09740)
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