Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Blogs

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

The view from Iapetus

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

10-09-2007 18:22 CDT

Topics:

On the way out to its date with Iapetus, Cassini snapped a broad family portrait of Saturn and all the other large moons. The portrait below was assembled by Gordan Ugarkovic. Just imagine if you were sitting astride Cassini, more than three million kilometers from Saturn; not only would this be your view, but at the relatively slow pace of your orbit about Saturn you'd get to sit there and watch the shifting positions of all of these moons as Saturn's stormy globe rotated sedately beneath them all.

Breathtaking.

Saturn family portrait (or, the view from Iapetus)

NASA / JPL / SSI / Color mosaic by Gordan Ugarkovic

Saturn family portrait (or, the view from Iapetus)
From a distance of roughly three million kilometers (two million miles), Cassini contemplated almost the entire system of Saturn, its rings, and its moons. From left to right, the moons are: Dione; Enceladus (just to the left of the rings); Mimas (just above the rings in front of the ring shadow on the left side of Saturn); Rhea (at roughly 11:00 at the edge of Saturn's disk); Tethys (to the right of and slightly above the rings); and finally orange Titan (lower right). Only one large moon is missing from the view, Iapetus, which lay almost directly behind Cassini when this family portrait was taken. This version of the portrait was composed of raw images, so the color balance and relative brightnesses of the moons are not quite correct.

 
See other posts from September 2007

 

Or read more blog entries about:

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Advocacy

Advocate for Space!

Fifteen years ago, Society members and passionate space advocates like you helped save the Pluto mission. Now we can do the same for missions to Europa and Mars.

Join over 26,400 people who have completed their petition and consider a donation to support advocacy efforts.

Sign Our Petition

Featured Images

Ceres map with nomenclature as of August 2015
Orion parachute test, drop day
Orion parachute test, drop day
Orion parachute test, Yuma, Arizona
More Images

Featured Video

Bill Nye & Neil DeGrasse Tyson on a Roof

Watch Now

Selfies to Space!

Take flight with a selfie on LightSail™ in 2016!

Send a Selfie Now

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!