Tethys and Hyperion - Saturn's distant moons appear close in this Cassini view! (See pic)
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on August 15, 2015.
New Delhi: In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, two Saturn's moons -Tethys and Hyperion - appear to be close neighbors, although they are actually 930,000 miles apart from each other.
Tethys is the larger body on the left.
As per NASA, these two icy moons of Saturn are very different worlds.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on August 15, 2015, with the view looking toward the trailing side of Tethys.
The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 750,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Tethys. The distance to Hyperion was 1.7 million miles (2.7 million kilometers) with an image scale of 10 mile (16 kilometers) per pixel.
Cassini has studied Saturn and its many natural satellites since arriving there in 2004.
The spacecraft completed its initial four-year mission to explore the Saturn System in June 2008, and the first extension, called the Cassini Equinox Mission, in September 2010. Now, Cassini is making exciting new discoveries in a second extension called the Cassini Solstice Mission.