Cassini sends back postcards of Saturn moons

Feb 01, 2011
This image of Saturn's moon Helene was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 31, 2011. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

(PhysOrg.com) -- On Jan. 31, 2011, NASA's Cassini spacecraft passed by several of Saturn's intriguing moons, snapping images along the way.

Cassini passed within about 60,000 kilometers (37,282 miles) of and 28,000 kilometers (17,398 miles) of Helene. It also caught a glimpse of Mimas in front of Saturn's rings. In one of the images, Cassini is looking at the famous jets erupting from the south polar terrain of Enceladus.

To see more raw images, go to http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/raw/ and click on "Search Images."

This image of Saturn's moon Mimas was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 31, 2011. It shows the bright, icy moon in front of Saturn's delicate rings. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

Explore further: Ceres bright spots sharpen but questions remain

Related Stories

Divine dione captured by Cassini

Sep 08, 2010

Cruising past Saturn's moon Dione this past weekend, NASA's Cassini spacecraft got its best look yet at the north polar region of this small, icy moon and returned stark raw images of the fractured, cratered ...

Image: A Closer Look at Daphnis

Jul 07, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured the closest images of Saturn's moon Daphnis to date.

Cassini's Photo Album From a Season of Icy Moons

Dec 07, 2005

Wrapping up a phenomenally successful year of observing Saturn's icy moons, the Cassini mission is releasing a flood of new views of the moons Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Hyperion and Iapetus.

Changing seasons on Titan

Oct 21, 2010

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent back dreamy raw images of Saturn's moon Titan that show the appearance of clouds around the moon's midsection.

Strings of Shadowy Rings Drape Saturn

Sep 17, 2004

Saturn's ring shadows appear wrapped in a harmonious symphony with the planet in this color view from the Cassini spacecraft. Saturn and its rings would nearly fill the space between Earth and the Moon. Ye ...

Recommended for you

Ceres bright spots sharpen but questions remain

2 hours ago

The latest views of Ceres' enigmatic white spots are sharper and clearer, but it's obvious that Dawn will have to descend much lower before we'll see crucial details hidden in this overexposed splatter of ...

Rosetta's view of a comet's "great divide"

2 hours ago

The latest image to be revealed of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comes from October 27, 2014, before the Philae lander even departed for its surface. Above we get a view of a dramatically-shadowed cliff ...

How long will our spacecraft survive?

2 hours ago

There are many hazards out there, eager to disrupt and dismantle the mighty machines we send out into space. How long can they survive to perform their important missions?

Why roundworms are ideal for space studies

3 hours ago

Humans have long been fascinated by the cosmos. Ancient cave paintings show that we've been thinking about space for much of the history of our species. The popularity of recent sci-fi movies suggest that ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.