Lonely Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles wide) swings around Saturn, seeming to gaze down at the planet's splendid rings. The outermost, narrow F ring is visible here, and exhibits some clumpy structure near the bottom of the frame. The shadow of Saturn's southern hemisphere stretches almost entirely across the rings.
The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on August 15, 2004, from a distance of 8.8 million kilometers (5.5 million miles) from Saturn through a filter sensitive to visible red light. 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.