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Rhea's Roughness
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The sun's low angle near the terminator highlights the topography of craters within Rhea's wispy terrain.

A similar view, PIA06578, shows this region from a slightly different perspective and in natural color.

This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 10, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 758,000 kilometers (471,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 51 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) 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: September 22, 2008 (PIA 10474)
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  Rhea's Roughness
PIA 10474

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