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Meet Mimas: Saturn's Death Star Moon

Saturn Moons Mimas and Janus

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Saturn's moons Mimas (right) and Janus appear to hang silently in space as they orbit their ringed parent planet in this stunning photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn. The outer edge of Saturn's rings, called the ansa, is also visible at left. This image was captured by Cassini's narrow-angle camera on Oct. 27, 2015 and released by NASA on May 31, 2016.

Mimas and Pandora, Moons of Saturn

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Although they are both moons of Saturn, Pandora's small size means that it lacks sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round shape like its larger sibling, Mimas. Image released July 22, 2013.

Mimas by Saturnshine

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn’ moon Mimas (top right) appears in light reflected from the ringed planet, called “Saturnshine.” As the sunlight reflected from Saturn decreases significantly in intensity, Mimas has been boosted in brightness 2.5 times that of the rings. Cassini spacecraft obtained the image in visible light with the narrow-angle camera on Feb. 16, 2015. Image released April 13, 2015.

Saturn, Dione and Mimas

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The Saturn moons Dione (left) and Mimas (right) are dwarfed by their giant parent planet in this photo captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 27,2015.

Mimas Hemispheres

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Lunar and Planetary Institute

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took the images making up these new mosaics of Saturn's moon Mimas during the vehicle's first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

Mimas Polar Views

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Lunar and Planetary Institute

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took the images making up these new mosaics of Saturn's moon Mimas during the vehicle's first ten years exploring the Saturn system.

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