Three of Saturnís moons crowd together off the left edge, or ansa, of Saturnís rings.
Moons visible in this image: Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across), largest, near center; Mimas (396 kilometers, 246 miles across), smaller, beneath center; and Helene (33 kilometers, 21 miles across), faintly visible above and to the right of Rhea. Helene has had its brightness increased by a factor of 10.
The image was taken with the wide angle camera on March 7, 2005 from a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (799,000 miles) from Saturn and using a combination of spectral filters sensitive to polarized infrared light centered at 1,001 nanometers (1.001 microns). The image scale is 8 kilometers (5 miles) 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 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.