Thin lineaments cross back and forth, intersecting craters on the surface of Saturn's moon Rhea in this equatorial view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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Crisscrossing Rhea

Thin lineaments cross back and forth on the surface of Saturn's moon Rhea in this equatorial view.

These lines can be seen intersecting craters on Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across). This view is centered on terrain at 0 degrees north latitude, 165 degrees west longitude.

See PIA08871 for an earlier, false-color view that includes surface features such as these.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 11, 2011. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 41,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 15 degrees. Image scale is 238 meters (781 feet) 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#:
PIA12768

Date added:
2011-05-30

Target:
Rhea

Mission:
Cassini-Huygens

Spacecraft:
Cassini Orbiter

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

Rating:



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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute