CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Mimas and Spokes

Mimas orbits Saturn at the lower-right in the image as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 38 degrees below the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 22, 2013.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.6 million miles (2.6 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 146 degrees. Image scale is 93 miles (150 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: March 3, 2014 (PIA 17154)
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  Mimas and Spokes
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Alliance Member Comments
NeKto (Mar 20, 2014 at 6:01 AM):
i am surprised i haven't seen a coffee table book of Cassini images at the book store already. i second John's suggestion.
jsc248 (Mar 19, 2014 at 5:31 AM):
I was looking through all these amazing images Carolyn and I was thinking, it is getting close to the 10th anniversary of this amazing probe and I wondered whether an album of some-kind might be an idea. Say the teams or your own favourite images. If it is possible then please make it a downloadable, or purchasable, album. Thanks John.