PIA11492: Belittled Moon


Belittled Moon

Caption:

The battered moon Epimetheus is dwarfed by Saturn in this image which shows a fraction of the planet's northern hemisphere.

This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Epimetheus (113 kilometers, or 70 miles across). The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 10, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (621,000 miles) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 42 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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/ . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Epimetheus Saturn, Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet, Sun
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 2009-05-14
Date in Caption 2009-04-10
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA11492
Identifier PIA11492