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Bombarded Rhea
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Cassini looks over the heavily cratered surface of Rhea during the spacecraft's flyby of the moon on March 10, 2012.

See PIA08909 and PIA06553 to learn more about the impacts that have shaped the surface of Rhea (949 miles, 1528 kilometers across). This view is centered on terrain at 58 degrees north latitude, 84 degrees west longitude on Rhea.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 27,000 miles (43,000 kilometers) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 67 degrees. Image scale is 828 feet (252 meters) per pixel.

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: April 23, 2012 (PIA 14605)
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  Bombarded Rhea
PIA 14605

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