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Quintet of Moons
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Quintet of Moons
Date: 29 Jul 2011

A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in the Cassini spacecraft's field of view for this portrait.


Janus (179 km, or 111 miles across) is on the far left. Pandora (81 km, or 50 miles across) orbits between the A ring and the thin F ring near the middle of the image. Brightly reflective Enceladus (504 km, or 313 miles across) appears above the center of the image. Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea (1,528 km, or 949 miles across), is bisected by the right edge of the image. The smaller moon Mimas (396 km, or 246 miles across) can be seen 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.


The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on 29 July 2011. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million km (684,000 miles) from Rhea and 1.8 million km (1.1 million miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is 7 km (4 miles) per pixel on Rhea and 11 km (7 miles) per pixel on Enceladus.


Last Update: 19 Sept 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute



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Last Updated: 19 Sep 2011