PIA08965: Regarding Mimas

Regarding Mimas


Beside the swirling face of Saturn floats a small, icy attendant.

Mimas (397 kilometers, or 247 miles across) hovers near its giant parent, beyond the gleaming, sunlit rings.

This view looks toward the rings from about 14 degrees below the ringplane. Saturn's shadow darkens the ringplane immediately off the planet's limb.

The image was taken using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 853 nanometers. The view was obtained with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 11, 2007 at a distance of approximately 720,000 kilometers (448,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 43 kilometers (27 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 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 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 Wide Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Infrared, Shadow, Wave
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-06-19
Date in Caption 2007-05-11
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08965
Identifier PIA08965