CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Five Orbs

Five moons -- dominated by Rhea in the foreground -- share this Cassini view with Saturn's rings seen nearly edge-on.

Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across) is largest here and is closest to Cassini. Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across) can be seen just above the rings near the center of the image. Tiny Prometheus (86 kilometers, 53 miles across) is just barely visible in the rings to the right of Dione. Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across) is to the right of the rings, and Tethys (1062 kilometers, 660 miles across) is on the extreme right of the image.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Rhea and toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 11, 2011. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 61,000 kilometers (38,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 15 degrees. Scale on Rhea is 4 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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 23, 2011 (PIA 12767)
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  Five Orbs
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