CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Belittled Moon

Belittled Moon
PIA 11492

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  The battered moon Epimetheus is dwarfed by Saturn in this image which shows a fraction of the planet's northern hemisphere.

This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across). The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 10, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (621,000 miles) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 42 degrees. 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: May 14, 2009 (PIA 11492)
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