CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Collapsed Rings

A lone moon coasts along in this view, which was taken from less than a degree below Saturn's sunlit ringplane. The rings are squashed into a narrow band from this viewing angle, foreshortening all of their radial features.

Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) travels from left to right here, led by its large crater Herschel.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 26, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (661,000 miles) from Mimas. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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 26, 2007 (PIA 09779)
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Red_dragon (Feb 29, 2008 at 7:44 AM):
This is perhaps one of the best images to see how the NAC comprises the perspective and makes the rings to appear with a "height" similar in size to Mimas.