CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Color Between Moons

Two of Saturn's moons straddle the planet's rings in this color view.

Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) is closest to Cassini here. Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) is on the far side of the rings. The planet's shadow cuts across the middle of the rings. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 24, 2009 at a distance of approximately 2.7 million kilometers (1.7 million miles) from Epimetheus and 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Mimas. Scale on Mimas is 14 kilometers (9 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: February 5, 2010 (PIA 12543)
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  Color Between Moons
PIA 12543

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Red_dragon (Feb 6, 2010 at 4:36 AM):
Magical and irreal thanks to the narrow-angle camera. Thanks and keep this coming for the remaining adventure of the "Supreme Explorer"