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Saturn's moon Dione crosses the face of the giant planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Astronomers call this phenomenon a transit.
Saturn's moon Dione crosses the face of the giant planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Astronomers call this phenomenon a transit.

Entranced by a Transit

Saturn's moon Dione crosses the face of the giant planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Astronomers call this phenomenon a transit.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18330
Added: 2015-08-31

Views: 17

Entranced by a Transit

Saturn's moon Dione crosses the face of the giant planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Astronomers call this phenomenon a transit.

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Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.
Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.

Dark Side of the Moon: Enceladus

Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18328
Added: 2015-08-24

Views: 429

Dark Side of the Moon: Enceladus

Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.

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As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.
As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II

As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19654
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1393

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II

As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.

Imminent Approach to Dione

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19650
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 6390

Imminent Approach to Dione

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this parting view showing the rough and icy crescent of Saturn's moon Dione following the spacecraft's last close flyby of the moon on Aug. 17, 2015.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this parting view showing the rough and icy crescent of Saturn's moon Dione following the spacecraft's last close flyby of the moon on Aug. 17, 2015.

Departing Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this parting view showing the rough and icy crescent of Saturn's moon Dione following the spacecraft's last close flyby of the moon on Aug. 17, 2015.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA19649
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1271

Departing Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this parting view showing the rough and icy crescent of Saturn's moon Dione following the spacecraft's last close flyby of the moon on Aug. 17, 2015.

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Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon.
Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon.

Dione: Craters and Rings

Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17201
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1259

Dione: Craters and Rings

Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon.

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Some parts Dione's surface are covered by linear features, called chasmata, which provide dramatic contrast to the round impact craters that typically cover moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Some parts Dione's surface are covered by linear features, called chasmata, which provide dramatic contrast to the round impact craters that typically cover moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Chasms on Dione

Some parts Dione's surface are covered by linear features, called chasmata, which provide dramatic contrast to the round impact craters that typically cover moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18327
Added: 2015-08-17

Views: 311

Chasms on Dione

Some parts Dione's surface are covered by linear features, called chasmata, which provide dramatic contrast to the round impact craters that typically cover moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This enhanced-color mosaic of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was constructed from 52 images from its narrow-angle camera on April 11, 2015.
This enhanced-color mosaic of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was constructed from 52 images from its narrow-angle camera on April 11, 2015.

The Colors of Tethys II

This enhanced-color mosaic of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was constructed from 52 images from its narrow-angle camera on April 11, 2015.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA19638
Added: 2015-07-29

Views: 1983

The Colors of Tethys II

This enhanced-color mosaic of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was constructed from 52 images from its narrow-angle camera on April 11, 2015.

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This enhanced-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere.
This enhanced-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere.

The Colors of Tethys I

This enhanced-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA19636
Added: 2015-07-29

Views: 2035

The Colors of Tethys I

This enhanced-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of Saturn's icy moon Tethys shows a range of features on the moon's trailing hemisphere.

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In Greek mythology, Dione was the daughter of Tethys. Scientists believe that they formed out of the same disk around an early Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees the two eponymous moons together.
In Greek mythology, Dione was the daughter of Tethys. Scientists believe that they formed out of the same disk around an early Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees the two eponymous moons together.

Mother and Daughter

In Greek mythology, Dione was the daughter of Tethys. Scientists believe that they formed out of the same disk around an early Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees the two eponymous moons together.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18325
Added: 2015-07-20

Views: 644

Mother and Daughter

In Greek mythology, Dione was the daughter of Tethys. Scientists believe that they formed out of the same disk around an early Saturn. NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees the two eponymous moons together.

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As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, NASA' Cassini spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its outpost at Saturn.
As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, NASA' Cassini spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its outpost at Saturn.

Pluto Seen from Saturn

As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, NASA' Cassini spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its outpost at Saturn.

Target: Pluto
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA19641
Added: 2015-07-16

Views: 8454

Pluto Seen from Saturn

As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, NASA' Cassini spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its outpost at Saturn.

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Saturn's moon Prometheus, seen here looking suspiciously blade-like, is captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft near some of its sculpting in the F ring.
Saturn's moon Prometheus, seen here looking suspiciously blade-like, is captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft near some of its sculpting in the F ring.

Ring Slicer

Saturn's moon Prometheus, seen here looking suspiciously blade-like, is captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft near some of its sculpting in the F ring.

Target: Prometheus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18324
Added: 2015-07-06

Views: 834

Ring Slicer

Saturn's moon Prometheus, seen here looking suspiciously blade-like, is captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft near some of its sculpting in the F ring.

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In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the spiral structures in the D ring are on display, although it is so thin as to be barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system.
In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the spiral structures in the D ring are on display, although it is so thin as to be barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system.

Spirals in the D Ring

In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the spiral structures in the D ring are on display, although it is so thin as to be barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18321
Added: 2015-06-29

Views: 1161

Spirals in the D Ring

In this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the spiral structures in the D ring are on display, although it is so thin as to be barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three moons -- Titan, Mimas, and Rhea. Titan, the largest moon shown here, appear fuzzy because we only see its cloud layers.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three moons -- Titan, Mimas, and Rhea. Titan, the largest moon shown here, appear fuzzy because we only see its cloud layers.

Triple Crescents

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three moons -- Titan, Mimas, and Rhea. Titan, the largest moon shown here, appear fuzzy because we only see its cloud layers.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18322
Added: 2015-06-22

Views: 1176

Triple Crescents

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three moons -- Titan, Mimas, and Rhea. Titan, the largest moon shown here, appear fuzzy because we only see its cloud layers.

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NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.
NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.

Dione's Craggy Surface

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17195
Added: 2015-06-18

Views: 4425

Dione's Craggy Surface

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Dione, taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. This was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.

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Like most moons in the solar system, Tethys is covered by impact craters. Some craters bear witness to incredibly violent events, such as the crater Odysseus (seen here at the right of this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft).
Like most moons in the solar system, Tethys is covered by impact craters. Some craters bear witness to incredibly violent events, such as the crater Odysseus (seen here at the right of this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft).

Tethys the Target

Like most moons in the solar system, Tethys is covered by impact craters. Some craters bear witness to incredibly violent events, such as the crater Odysseus (seen here at the right of this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft).

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18317
Added: 2015-06-08

Views: 974

Tethys the Target

Like most moons in the solar system, Tethys is covered by impact craters. Some craters bear witness to incredibly violent events, such as the crater Odysseus (seen here at the right of this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft).

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NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.
NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.

Spongy Surface

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.

Target: Hyperion
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17194
Added: 2015-06-02

Views: 3734

Spongy Surface

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.

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NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.
NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.

Farewell to Hyperion

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.

Target: Hyperion
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17193
Added: 2015-06-02

Views: 2811

Farewell to Hyperion

NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image when Dione was closer to its camera, making the moon appear much bigger than her larger sister moon, Rhea.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image when Dione was closer to its camera, making the moon appear much bigger than her larger sister moon, Rhea.

Dione Dwarfing Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image when Dione was closer to its camera, making the moon appear much bigger than her larger sister moon, Rhea.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18319
Added: 2015-06-01

Views: 1305

Dione Dwarfing Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image when Dione was closer to its camera, making the moon appear much bigger than her larger sister moon, Rhea.

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Rhea's horizon is slightly irregular and battered by craters, so thoughts inevitably turn towards the forces that shape these icy worlds. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Rhea's horizon is slightly irregular and battered by craters, so thoughts inevitably turn towards the forces that shape these icy worlds. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Rhea's Horizon

Rhea's horizon is slightly irregular and battered by craters, so thoughts inevitably turn towards the forces that shape these icy worlds. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18316
Added: 2015-05-25

Views: 527

Rhea's Horizon

Rhea's horizon is slightly irregular and battered by craters, so thoughts inevitably turn towards the forces that shape these icy worlds. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Although Janus should be the least lonely of all moons -- sharing its orbit with Epimetheus -- it still spends most of its orbit far from other moons, alone in the vastness of space in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Although Janus should be the least lonely of all moons -- sharing its orbit with Epimetheus -- it still spends most of its orbit far from other moons, alone in the vastness of space in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Janus Stands Alone

Although Janus should be the least lonely of all moons -- sharing its orbit with Epimetheus -- it still spends most of its orbit far from other moons, alone in the vastness of space in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Janus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18315
Added: 2015-05-18

Views: 333

Janus Stands Alone

Although Janus should be the least lonely of all moons -- sharing its orbit with Epimetheus -- it still spends most of its orbit far from other moons, alone in the vastness of space in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Not all of Saturn's rings are created equal: here the C and D rings appear side-by-side, but the C ring, which occupies the bottom half of this image, clearly outshines its neighbor. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Not all of Saturn's rings are created equal: here the C and D rings appear side-by-side, but the C ring, which occupies the bottom half of this image, clearly outshines its neighbor. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Faint D Ring

Not all of Saturn's rings are created equal: here the C and D rings appear side-by-side, but the C ring, which occupies the bottom half of this image, clearly outshines its neighbor. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18313
Added: 2015-04-27

Views: 356

Faint D Ring

Not all of Saturn's rings are created equal: here the C and D rings appear side-by-side, but the C ring, which occupies the bottom half of this image, clearly outshines its neighbor. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Surface features on Rhea, mostly impact craters in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, are thrown into sharp relief thanks to long shadows.
Surface features on Rhea, mostly impact craters in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, are thrown into sharp relief thanks to long shadows.

Rhea in Relief

Surface features on Rhea, mostly impact craters in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, are thrown into sharp relief thanks to long shadows.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18310
Added: 2015-04-20

Views: 4861

Rhea in Relief

Surface features on Rhea, mostly impact craters in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, are thrown into sharp relief thanks to long shadows.

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Although we are used to seeing Saturn's moons lit directly by the Sun, sometimes we can catch them illuminated by 'Saturnshine.' Here, NASA's Cassini spacecraft see Mimas (upper right) lit by light reflected off of Saturn.
Although we are used to seeing Saturn's moons lit directly by the Sun, sometimes we can catch them illuminated by 'Saturnshine.' Here, NASA's Cassini spacecraft see Mimas (upper right) lit by light reflected off of Saturn.

Mimas by Saturnshine

Although we are used to seeing Saturn's moons lit directly by the Sun, sometimes we can catch them illuminated by 'Saturnshine.' Here, NASA's Cassini spacecraft see Mimas (upper right) lit by light reflected off of Saturn.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18312
Added: 2015-04-13

Views: 647

Mimas by Saturnshine

Although we are used to seeing Saturn's moons lit directly by the Sun, sometimes we can catch them illuminated by 'Saturnshine.' Here, NASA's Cassini spacecraft see Mimas (upper right) lit by light reflected off of Saturn.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared toward Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus for about a week in early 2015, in a campaign motivated in part to investigate subtle color differences within the moon's bright terrain.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared toward Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus for about a week in early 2015, in a campaign motivated in part to investigate subtle color differences within the moon's bright terrain.

Investigating Subtle Colors on Iapetus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared toward Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus for about a week in early 2015, in a campaign motivated in part to investigate subtle color differences within the moon's bright terrain.

Target: Iapetus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA19062
Added: 2015-04-06

Views: 569

Investigating Subtle Colors on Iapetus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared toward Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus for about a week in early 2015, in a campaign motivated in part to investigate subtle color differences within the moon's bright terrain.

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