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Epimetheus In the Way

Epimetheus In the Way
PIA 09840

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  As Cassini studies the rings, an icy interloper happens past. At the top of the image, between the spacecraft and the rings, is Epimetheus.

The darker region extending from center right is within the C ring. Surrounding it are the B ring, Cassini Division and A ring.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 2 degrees below the ringplane. Epimetheus is 113 kilometers (70 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 17, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (707,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is about 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: February 19, 2008 (PIA 09840)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Feb 21, 2008 at 3:32 AM):
As with other similar images, the best is the way the NAC comprises perspective and makes Epimetheus to appear "glued" to the ring in a so dramatic way.