PIA10467: Full of Holes

Full of Holes


The sun's low angle near the terminator throws the craters of Mimas into stark relief.

This view looks toward high northern latitudes on Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) from a position 72 degrees north of the moon's equator. The north pole is in darkness at center.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 4, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 153,000 kilometers (95,000 miles) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 106 degrees. Image scale is 918 meters (3,011 feet) 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/ . 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 Crater, Grayscale, Visual
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2008-09-11
Date in Caption 2008-08-04
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA10467
Identifier PIA10467