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Distant Moon

Distant Moon
PIA 10401

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  With nearby Saturn looming large, Cassini spies a bright moon in the icy blackness beyond.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 15 degrees above the ringplane. The distant moon pictured here is Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across).

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 13, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (836,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 81 kilometers (50 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: June 11, 2008 (PIA 10401)
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