CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Mimas Above the Haze

Mimas hangs above the hazy skies of Saturn. The large crater Herschel is seen near the limb on the moon's right side.

This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across). North is up and rotated 25 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 20, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 727 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (638,000 miles) from Mimas. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: November 3, 2008 (PIA 10504)
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  Mimas Above the Haze
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