This raw, unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Iapetus in Sept. 2007.
The image was taken on Sept. 9, 2007 with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera at a distance of approximately 281,000 kilometers (175,000 miles) from Iapetus. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) 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.