Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Roughed-up Rhea

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Cassini looks toward the battered surface of the moon Rhea.

See PIA09895 and PIA10464 to learn more about this moon. This view looks toward leading hemisphere of Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across). North on Rhea is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 13, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 44,000 kilometers (27,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 103 degrees. Image scale is 3 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. 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 was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit http://ciclops.org

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