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Well Lit Rhea
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Well Lit Rhea
PIA 12648

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  Cassini looks toward the cratered plains of the trailing hemisphere of Rhea.

Some of the moon's fractures can be seen on the left of the image. See PIA09725 and PIA09895 to learn more. North on Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across) is up and rotated 3 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 21, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 30,000 kilometers (18,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 27 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: June 4, 2010 (PIA 12648)
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