Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Saturn and Mimas

What a glorious view!

Cassini takes in a sweeping view of Saturn's south polar region as the planet's shadow masks the rings and bright, icy Mimas looks on from left.

This view looks toward the lit side of the rings from about 28 degrees below the ring plane.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this color view. The view was acquired with the wide-angle camera on Feb. 20, 2007, at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (600,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 58 kilometers (36 miles) per pixel.

From Planetary Photojournal


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