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Cassini's View of Saturn's Moon Rhea.


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Saturn's Moon Rhea.
Saturn's Moon Rhea taken by Cassini.

This image of Saturn's Moon Rhea was taken as Cassini was looping away after it went into its initial orbit around the Ringed Planet. The image was taken on July 15, in visible light when Cassini was 5.1 million km (3.2 million miles) away from Rhea, and shows its heavily cratered surface and a bright feature near the terminator.

This view of Saturn’s icy Moon Rhea shows hints of its heavily cratered surface, including a bright feature near the terminator. Cassini was, at the time, speeding away from the Saturn system on its initial long, looping orbit.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on July 15, 2004, from a distance of about 5.1 million kilometers (3.2 million miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 90 degrees. The image scale is 31 kilometers (19 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of two to aid visibility.

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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.




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