Cassini Provides Stunning New Looks at Several Moons
by NANCY ATKINSON on FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Saturn’s moon Helene. Credit: NASA//JPL/SSI, image enhanced by Stu Atkinson
The Cassini spacecraft recently had a mini ‘grand tour’ of several of Saturn’s moons and just sent back some great images of Helene, Mimas, Enceladus and Dione. Above is an amazing view of the Trojan moon Helene, which is only 32 kilometers (20 miles across) and shares an orbit with Dione. Cassini came withing 28,000 km (17,398 miles) of Helene. Thanks to Stu Atkinson for an enhanced version of this raw Cassini image.