CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Beauty Marks

Beauty Marks
PIA 09893

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  Two dark spots drift across the northern skies of Saturn.

The shadows are cast by the moons Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) and Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across). Tethys orbits farther from Saturn than Mimas and casts the larger of the two shadows here.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 46 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 30, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (720,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 66 kilometers (41 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: May 2, 2008 (PIA 09893)
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