On its first orbit of the ringed planet, Cassini gazed into the distance to spot the icy moon Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles wide). The faint F ring is visible as the outermost strand of the rings in this view.
The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on August 16, 2004, from a distance of 8.9 million kilometers (5.5 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 53 kilometers (33 miles) per pixel. The image has been slightly contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.
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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.