NASA's Cassini spacecraft pictures a crescent of Saturn's moon Rhea. Although craters dominate this particular view, the trailing hemisphere of Rhea also features wispy fractures.
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A Few Rhea Craters

The Cassini spacecraft pictures a crescent of Saturn's moon Rhea.

Although craters dominate this particular view, the trailing hemisphere of Rhea also features wispy fractures. See PIA06578 to learn more.

Lit terrain seen here is on the trailing hemisphere of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 25, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 768,000 kilometers (477,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 114 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel.

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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.

Image details

ID#:
PIA12584

Date added:
2010-03-08

Target:
Rhea

Mission:
Cassini-Huygens

Spacecraft:
Cassini Orbiter

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute