Published On: Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016

Three Times a Fun: New Cassini Image of Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas

This newly expelled Cassini picture shows Saturn’s moons Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas.

Three of Saturn’s moons — Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas — are prisoner in this organisation print from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 kilometers across) appears above a rings, while Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) sits only next center. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across) hangs next and to a left of Enceladus.

This perspective looks toward a sunlit side of a rings from about 0.4 degrees above a ring plane. The picture was taken in manifest light with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Dec 3, 2015.

The perspective was acquired during a stretch of approximately 837,000 miles (1.35 million kilometers) from Enceladus, with an picture scale of 5 miles (8 kilometers) per pixel. Tethys was approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) divided with an picture scale of 7 miles (11 kilometers) per pixel. Mimas was approximately 1.1 million miles (1.7 million kilometers) divided with an picture scale of 6 miles (10 kilometers) per pixel.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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