PIA07573: First Quarter Mimas


First Quarter Mimas

Caption:

As the closest-orbiting of Saturn's intermediate-sized moons, Mimas is occasionally captured against the planet's dim and shadowed northern latitudes. The moon is seen here next to the shadows cast by the dense B ring. Mimas is 397 kilometers (247 miles) across.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 18, 2005, at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 90 degrees. Image scale is 10 kilometers (6 miles) per pixel.

Background Info:

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 team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . For additional images visit the Cassini imaging team homepage http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mimas B Ring, Saturn, Saturn Rings, Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet, Ring, Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2005-08-26
Date in Caption 2005-07-18
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07573
Identifier PIA07573