May 2010 Moons & Rings Before Saturn Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA Another striking alignment occurred last March in the view of humanity's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft. Rhea, one of Saturn's larger moons, was caught passing Epimetheus, one of Saturn's smaller moons. Epimetheus is actually well behind the heavily cratered Rhea. Further back, several of the complex rings of Saturn can b seen crossing the image horizontally. Behind both the moons & rings is giant Saturn
Feb 2010 Cassini Spacecraft Crosses Saturn's Ring Plane Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA Pictured above, digitally cropped and set in representative colors, is the striking result. Saturn's thin ring plane appears in blue, bands and clouds in Saturn's upper atmosphere appear in gold. Since Saturn just passed its equinox, today the ring plane is pointed close to the Sun and the rings could not cast the high dark shadows seen across the top of this image, taken back in 2005.