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Rhea's Pitted Profile
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Rhea's Pitted Profile
PIA 09799

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  The low illumination angle near the terminator makes visible the steep topography of craters on Rhea's battered surface.

This view is centered on 10 degrees north latitude, 128 degrees west longitude. North on Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across) is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 16, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 313,000 kilometers (195,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 128 degrees. 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: December 24, 2007 (PIA 09799)
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