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Janus' Pole Crater
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A large crater on Saturn's tiny moon Janus is distinctly visible in this Cassini image.

Lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across). North on Janus is up and rotated 7 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 5, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (684,000 miles) from Janus and at a Sun-Janus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 53 degrees. Resolution in the original image was 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of two to aid visibility.

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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit http://ciclops.org, http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 13, 2009 (PIA 11469)
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  Janus' Pole Crater
PIA 11469

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