CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Dwarfed by Saturn

Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image.

Mimas (246 miles, 396 kilometers across) appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 18 degrees below the ringplane. North on Saturn is up and rotated 27 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 20, 2012 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 64 degrees. Image scale is 87 miles (140 kilometers) 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: October 29, 2012 (PIA 14631)
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  Dwarfed by Saturn
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Red_dragon (Oct 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM):
Gorgeous. Love Saturn's perspective