NASA releases incredible image of three of Saturn’s moons
The group photo shows Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas in the one image, with the latter two beneath the planet’s famous rings and Tethys appearing above.
Although only released Monday, the image was taken on December 3, 2015 and shows the three moons at varying distances from the the Cassini spacecraft.
Enceladus, which mainly made up of ice and water, is at a distance of approximately 837,000 miles (1.35 million kilometers) from the Cassini spacecraft; Tethys, which has had a Cassini probe land on it, is approximately 1.2 million miles (1.9 million kilometers) away; and Mimas, which is often referred to as the "Death Star" due to its similarities to the Star Wars superweapon, is approximately 1.1 million miles (1.7 million kilometers) away.
Cassini is joint project between NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency and has captured numerous impressive images since it first reached Saturn in 2004.