PIA12574: Mimas Three-Quarter Portrait


Mimas Three-Quarter Portrait

Caption:

Appearing like a cyclops gazing off into space, Saturn's moon Mimas and its large Herschel Crater are profiled in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Herschel Crater is 130 kilometers (80 miles) wide and covers most of the left of this image. Scientists continue to study this impact basin and its surrounding terrain (see PIA12569 and PIA12571 ). This view looks toward the hemisphere of Mimas that leads in its orbit around Saturn. Mimas is 396 kilometers (246 miles) across. North on Mimas is up and rotated 13 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible green light with Cassini's wide-angle camera on Feb. 13, 2010 during its closest-ever flyby of the moon. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 15,000 kilometers (9,000 miles) from Mimas and at a sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 49 degrees. Image scale is 895 meters (2,937 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 in Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mimas 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 Wide Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2010-03-29
Date in Caption 2010-02-13
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA12574
Identifier PIA12574