CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Eyeing Iapetus
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Cassini looks toward a crescent of Saturn's dark and light moon, Iapetus.

Scientists continue to investigate the nature of this moon's surface. See PIA11690 to learn more. Lit terrain seen here is in the transition area between the Saturn-facing side and trailing hemisphere of Iapetus (1471 kilometers, 914 miles across). North on Iapetus is up and rotated 23 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 29, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) from Iapetus and at a Sun-Iapetus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 117 degrees. Image scale in the original image was 9 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel. The image was contrast enhanced and magnified by a factor of 2 to enhance the visibility of surface features.

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: February 1, 2010 (PIA 12539)
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  Eyeing Iapetus
PIA 12539

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