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In Orbit with Rhea
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Shadow-striped Saturn and its exquisitely thin rings occupy the near field in this Cassini view, while a crescent Rhea hangs in the distance.

A couple of bright pixels at the center of the image mark the location of tiny Pan (28 kilometers, 17 miles across). As Saturn's second-largest moon, Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) wide.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 3, 2006, at a distance of approximately 4.1 million kilometers (2.5 million miles) from Saturn and 4.6 million kilometers (2.9 million miles) from Rhea. The image scale is 28 kilometers (17 miles) per pixel on Rhea.

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: March 17, 2006 (PIA 08132)
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  In Orbit with Rhea
PIA 08132

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