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Epimetheus Close-Up

Epimetheus Close-Up
PIA 12700

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  Cassini snapped this high-resolution image of Saturn's small moon Epimetheus during the spacecraft's non-targeted flyby on April 7, 2010.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 107,000 kilometers (66,000 miles) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 62 degrees. See PIA09813 and PIA06226 for even closer views.

Lit terrain seen here is mostly on the Saturn-facing side of Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across). North on Epimetheus is up and rotated 26 degrees to the left. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. Image scale is 641 meters (2,102 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: August 17, 2010 (PIA 12700)
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Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Aug 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM):
Interesting and showing a lot of details.