CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Hyperion From Afar

Cassini caught this glimpse of Hyperion (270 kilometers, 168 miles across) as the moon tumbled chaotically in its orbit around Saturn. Hyperion is a heavily cratered object and in this image the moon shows a dark spot that may be one of its many large craters.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on September 12, 2004 from a distance of 8.8 million kilometers (5.4 million miles) from Hyperion and at a Sun-Hyperion-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 90 degrees. The image scale is 53 kilometers (33 miles) per pixel. The image was magnified by a factor of four 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 28, 2004 (PIA 06486)
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  Hyperion From Afar
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