Crash Course

This image was taken in 2016 by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. It still blows our mind.

It may look as though Saturn moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA%27s Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi 45,000 km away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn rings
It may look as though Saturn moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi 45,000 km away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn rings

By NASA

It may look as though Saturn’s moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn’s rings, though. Gravity links them together and shapes the way they both move. The gravitational pull of Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across) creates waves in Saturn’s rings that are visible in some Cassini images. Mimas’ gravity also helps create the Cassini Division (not pictured here), which separates the A and B rings. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Mimas. North on Mimas is up and rotated 15 degrees to the right. The image was taken in green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 23, 2016. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 114,000 miles (183,000 kilometers) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 29 degrees. Image scale is 3,300 feet (1 kilometer) per pixel.
by NASA

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