Monday, September 15, 2014

NASA Cassini Image: Saturn's moon Mimas in crescent profile

A thin sliver of Saturn's moon Mimas, is illuminated, the long shadows showing off its many craters, indicators of the moon's violent history.

Credit: NASA /JPL-Caltech /Space Science Institute

The most famous evidence of a collision on Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across) is the crater Herschel (Mimantean crater) that gives Mimas its Death Star-like appearance.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Mimas.

North on Mimas is up and rotated 40 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 20, 2013.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 100,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 130 degrees. Image scale is 4,000 feet (1 kilometer) per pixel.

This image shows the crater Herschel (Mimantean crater) on Mimas in greater detail.

Credit: NASA

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

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.

Visit the Cassini imaging team homepage.

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