August 16, 2012
This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage.
The moon's large, distinguishing crater, Herschel, is seen on the map at left.
The map is an equidistant (simple cylindrical) projection and has a scale of 216 meters (710 feet) per pixel at the equator. The mean radius of Mimas used for projection of this map is 198.2 kilometers (123.2 miles). The resolution of the map is 16 pixels per degree. This mosaic map is an update to the version released in February 2010 (see Map of Mimas - February 2010). These mosaics contain data from Cassini's June 5, 2012, flyby of Mimas.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute