CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Circling Satellites

Saturn looks on as three moons round the rings.

From farthest to nearest Cassini: Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) is seen above the rings. Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) lies immediately outside the edge of the narrow F ring. Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) floats beneath the rings' edge.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 2 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 6, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 141 kilometers (88 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: November 16, 2007 (PIA 09773)
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  Circling Satellites
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