Become Snape? | NASA’s Solar System Exploration
August 12, 2013
Although Epimetheus appears to be orbiting between the A and F rings in this image, it is only an illusion! Epimetheus, which orbits Saturn well outside the orbit of the F ring, is actually on the side near Saturn in Cassini while the rings seen here are on the other side of the planet. Phew, that’s a relief!
This view looks to the unlit side of the rings approximately 3 degrees below the plane of the ring. The image was taken in visible light with the narrow-angle camera of the Cassini probe on April 15, 2013.
Sight was acquired at a distance of approximately 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Epimetheus and at a Sun-Epimetheus spacecraft, or phase angle, of 30 degrees. The image scale is 4 miles (7 kilometers) 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 the NASA Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two on-board cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Institute for Space Sciences