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Soaring Over Rhea
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Soaring Over Rhea
PIA 09884

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  Cassini takes a northern view of Rhea, spying the large Tirawa impact basin left of center. The moon's noted bright-rayed crater can be seen at bottom.

See PIA08148 for a more southerly view of this same region.

Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn side of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 20, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (652,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 74 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 21, 2008 (PIA 09884)
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