CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Flying By Epimetheus

Swinging by Saturn's small moon Epimetheus, Cassini snapped this shot during the spacecraft's April 7, 2010, flyby.

See PIA09813 and PIA06226 for even closer views from earlier flybys. Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across). North on Epimetheus is up and rotated 27 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 87,000 kilometers (54,000 miles) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 69 degrees. Image scale is 519 meters (1,702 feet) 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: September 21, 2010 (PIA 12725)
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  Flying By Epimetheus
PIA 12725

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