CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Amazing Icy Moons

A scene straight out of science fiction, this fantastic view shows (from left to right) Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across), Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) and Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across) on the far side of Saturn's nearly edge-on rings.

The trailing hemispheres of all three moons are sunlit here, and wispy markings can be seen on the limbs of both Dione and Rhea.

The image was taken in visible blue light with the narrow angle camera on March 15, 2005, from a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 14 kilometers (9 miles) per pixel.

[Caption updated on October 4, 2005.]

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 5, 2005 (PIA 06642)
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  Amazing Icy Moons
PIA 06642

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