Titan and Epimetheus Behind the Rings

Article written: 14 Apr , 2006
Updated: 23 Jan , 2013
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Titan and small Epimetheus behind Saturn’s rings. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI. Click to enlarge
This Cassini photograph shows Saturn’s large, smoggy moon Titan partly obscured by the planet’s rings. Another of Saturn’s moons, tiny Epimetheus, is visible as a dot just to the left of Titan. Cassini took this photograph on March 9, 2006 when it was approximately 4.1 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Titan.

This poetic scene shows the giant, smog-enshrouded moon Titan behind Saturn’s nearly edge-on rings. Much smaller Epimetheus (116 kilometers, or 72 miles across) is just visible to the left of Titan (5,150 kilometers, or 3,200 miles across).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 9, 2006, at a distance of approximately 4.1 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Titan. The image scale is 25 kilometers (16 miles) per pixel on Titan. The brightness of Epimetheus was enhanced for visibility.

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 .

Original Source: NASA/JPL/SSI News Release


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