This movie sequence provides the record of Cassini's first close brush with Hyperion, Saturn's chaotically tumbling moon.
This series of 25 images was taken over a period of nearly two and a half days, between 9 and 11 June 2005, as Cassini's orbit took it close to Hyperion.
At the beginning of the movie Cassini was approximately 815 000 kilometres from Hyperion; at the end, the spacecraft was 327 000 kilometres distant. The closest image was acquired from a distance of 168 000 kilometres.
The images were taken using the narrow-angle camera and a spectral filter sensitive to ultraviolet wavelengths centred at 338 nanometres. Image scale ranges from 5 kilometres per pixel at most distant to 1 kilometre at best. The images have been enhanced to improve the visibility of surface features.