PIA08157: Crescent Moon with Rings

 Crescent Moon with Rings
Target Name: Titan
Mission: Cassini
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 547 samples x 655 lines
Produced By: Cassini Imaging Team
Full-Res TIFF: PIA08157.tif (358.9 kB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA08157.jpg (7.279 kB)
Medium-Res JPEG: PIA08157_modest.jpg (7.28 kB)

Original Caption Released with Image:

This poetic scene shows the giant, smog-enshrouded moon Titan behind Saturn's nearly edge-on rings. Much smaller Epimetheus (116 kilometers, or 72 miles across) is just visible to the left of Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 9, 2006, at a distance of approximately 4.1 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Titan. The image scale is 25 kilometers (16 miles) per pixel on Titan. The brightness of Epimetheus was enhanced for visibility.

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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.


Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute





Image and caption provided by the Planetary Photojournal -- PIA08157