PIA08135: Quick Passage

Quick Passage


Mimas briefly slipped in front of Tethys while the Cassini spacecraft looked on and captured the event in this series of images.

The images were taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 11, 2006, at a distance of approximately 3.7 million kilometers (2.3 million miles) from Mimas and 4.1 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Tethys. Resolution in the original images was 22 kilometers (14 miles) per pixel on Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) and 25 kilometers (16 miles) per pixel on Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across). The images have been magnified by a factor of two.

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 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 .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mimas
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-03-15
Date in Caption 2006-02-11
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08135
Identifier PIA08135