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Alone with the Giant

Alone with the Giant
PIA 09802

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  A small moon travels its circuit just outside the main rings of Saturn.

Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) is absolutely dwarfed by the giant planet.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 5 degrees above the ringplane. The planet's southern hemisphere is illuminated by ringshine--sunlight reflected off the rings.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 14, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 102 kilometers (63 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: December 27, 2007 (PIA 09802)
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