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February 14, 2017. Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap. The mosaic combines several images to show more waves in the gap edges. Daphnis is a small moon at 5 miles...

Farewell to Mimas

By OrbitalHub on Oct 17, 2017

January 30, 2017. In its season of "lasts," NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its final close approach to Saturn's moon Mimas. At closest approach, Cassini passed 25,620 miles (41,230 kilometers) from Mimas. This mosaic is one of the highest resolution...

Daphnis Up Close

By OrbitalHub on Oct 16, 2017

January 16, 2017. The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet. Daphnis (...

Pandora Up Close

By OrbitalHub on Oct 14, 2017

December 18, 2016. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora. Pandora (52 miles, 84 kilometers) across orbits Saturn just outside the narrow F ring. The spacecraft captured th...


By OrbitalHub on Oct 13, 2017

November 27, 2016. Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable. But under that forbidding exterior may exist the very conditions needed for life. Over the course of the Cassini mission, observ...


By OrbitalHub on Oct 12, 2017

November 10, 2016. Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks. L...

Coy Dione

By OrbitalHub on Oct 11, 2017

October 23, 2016. Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from Cassini's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine. Although direct sunlight provides the best illumination for imaging, light re...