PIA10082: "Staring Mittens" (Animation)


“Staring Mittens” (Animation)

Caption:

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"Staring Mittens"

This is an artist concept and movie of the view from Cassini during the star occultation that detected "Mittens," the small object to the right of the star. As Cassini watched the star pass behind Saturn's F ring (foreground), the star blinked out when Mittens blocked it, indicating it may be a solid moonlet.

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 was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The ultraviolet imaging spectrograph was designed and built at, and the team is based at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The ultraviolet imaging spectrograph team home page is at http://lasp.colorado.edu/cassini .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Rings F Ring, Saturn
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Planet
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument
Detector
Extra Keywords Artwork, Color, Moonlet, Movie, Occultation, Ultraviolet
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-12-12
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL/University of Colorado
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA10082
Identifier PIA10082