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Rhea and Enceladus
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Rhea and Enceladus
PIA 08133

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  Rhea and Enceladus hover in the distance beyond Saturn's ringplane. Enceladus, bathed in icy particles from Saturn's E ring, appears noticeably brighter than Rhea.

Rhea is 1,528 kilometers (949 miles) wide; Enceladus is 504 kilometers (313 miles) wide.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 8, 2006, at a distance of approximately 4.3 million kilometers (2.7 million miles) from Enceladus and 4.6 million kilometers (2.9 million miles) from Rhea. The image scale is 26 kilometers (16 miles) per pixel on Enceladus and 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 13, 2006 (PIA 08133)
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