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Hyperion 'Rev 152' Raw Preview #5
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Hyperion 'Rev 152' Raw Preview #5
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Hyperion was taken on August 25, 2011 and received on Earth August 26, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Hyperion at approximately 52493 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and GRN filters. The image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the Planetary Data System in 2012.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: August 26, 2011
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Alliance Member Comments
illexsquid (Aug 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM):

Remarkably similar to the face Voyager 2 saw. Hyperion has just rotated around a little more to show us that the bite out of the hamburger is actually another large crater (top of this image, partially in shadow). Amazing that there's anything left of this little brittle moon after so many large impacts.
jsc248 (Aug 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM):
Possibly my most favourite object in the Solar System!
Hyperion always reminds me of a Celestial Sponge in appearance. These images of an amazingly cratered surface shows you why. Great Stuff!!

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