Saturn's peaceful beauty invites Cassini for a closer look in this natural color view, taken during the spacecraft's approach to the planet. By this point in the approach sequence, Saturn was large enough that two narrow angle camera images were required to capture an end-to-end view of the planet, its delicate rings and several of its icy moons. The composite image is a 1x2 mosaic made of these images.Moons visible in this mosaic Epimetheus (116 kilometers, 72 miles across), Pandora (84 kilometers, 52 miles across) and Mimas (398 kilometers, 247 miles across) at left of Saturn; Prometheus (102 kilometers, 63 miles across), Janus (181 kilometers, 113 miles across) and Enceladus (499 kilometers, 310 miles across) at right of Saturn.The images were taken on May 7, 2004 from a distance of 28.2 million kilometers (17.6 million miles) from Saturn. Moons in the image have been brightened for visibility.
December 12th, 2011
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