CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Three Times the Fun

Three of Saturn's moons — Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas — pose for a group photo with the rings thrown in to add to the wonder.

Tethys (660 miles or 1062 kilometers across) is above the rings in this image, while Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) is below, almost center. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across) poses below and to the left of Enceladus.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 0.42 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 3, 2015.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 837,000 miles (1.35 million kilometers) from Enceladus. Image scale is 5 miles (8 kilometers) per pixel. Tethys was approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 7 miles (11 kilometers) per pixel. Mimas was approximately 1.1 million miles (1.7 million kilometers) away with an image scale of 6 miles(10 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: February 22, 2016 (PIA 18357)
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