Thu. May 23rd, 2024

NASA has released a beautiful photograph of Saturn and its moon Mimas taken from 9,27,000 kilometers distant.

This image of Saturn and its moon Mimas was taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it flew through Saturn’s system, examining the gas giant’s atmosphere, magnetosphere, moons, and rings. Though the lean in the image is due to Cassini’s perspective, Saturn is equally slanted to Earth.

Seasons last seven Earth years on the ringed planet. Along with Cassini, the lander probe Huygens made history as the first human-made object to land on a world in the distant outer solar system, arriving on Saturn’s largest moon Titan in 2005 in collaboration with the @EuropeanSpaceAgency and the @AgenziaSpazialeItaliana.

Cassini-Huygens discovered much about the turbulent gas giant and its many moons, indicating that Titan may be one of the greatest places in our solar system to look for life. Saturn’s rings appear at an angle, forming a thin line over the planet’s golden surface stretching towards the blackness of space in the upper right. The moon Mimas appears as a little dot close to the planet beneath the ring.