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NASA's Cassini mission continues to deliver astounding images. Check out this one, revealing a quintet of Saturn's moons in a single field of view:


Click the image to see the Cassini mission page.

Janus (111 miles across) is on the far left. Pandora (50 miles across) orbits between the A ring and the thin F ring near the middle of the image. Brightly reflective Enceladus (313 miles across) appears above the center of the image. Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea (949 miles across), is bisected by the right edge of the image (ad obscures Saturn). The smaller moon Mimas (246 miles across) is visible beyond Rhea also on the right side of the image.

This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. Rhea is closest to Cassini here. The rings are beyond Rhea and Mimas. Enceladus is beyond the rings.

Chris

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victoria_lane
Sep. 24th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Breathtaking. I want it blown up on my wall so I can stare at it endlessly.
mckitterick
Sep. 24th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
It's amazing to me that this is an ACTUAL photo, not Photoshopped!
carmy_w
Sep. 26th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Note to self:
The biggest orb is NOT SATURN!

I looked at it for two minutes before realizing that the rings were behind Rhea, not circling it!
mckitterick
Sep. 26th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Good point! I should have made that more clear ;-)
steve98052
Oct. 9th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
That is amazing!
mckitterick
Oct. 9th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Isn't it, though? I love living in the Space Age!
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