Mimas hangs above the hazy skies of Saturn.
This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across). North is up and rotated 25 degrees to the left.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 20, 2008 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 727 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (638,000 miles) from Mimas. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. 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.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.