CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Off Saturn's Shoulder

Cassini spies Enceladus and Epimetheus near the limb of Saturn.

Geologically active Enceladus is 504 kilometers (313 miles) across; smaller, more irregularly shaped Epimetheus is 113 kilometers (70 miles) across.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from less than a degree above the ringplane.

The image was taken in polarized green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 27, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (857,000 miles) from Enceladus. Epimetheus is 91,000 kilometers (57,000 miles) farther away from Cassini here. Image scale is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel on both moons.

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: December 12, 2007 (PIA 09791)
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  Off Saturn's Shoulder
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