CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Mimas and Dione

Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across) poses with the larger moon Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) in this handsome portrait. The wispy fractured terrain of Dione's trailing side is visible here.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on March 18, 2005, from a distance of approximately 2.6 million kilometers (1.6 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 15 kilometers (9 miles) per pixel on Mimas and 18 kilometers (11 miles) per pixel on Dione.

[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 9, 2005 (PIA 06644)
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  Mimas and Dione
PIA 06644

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