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Rhea's Record
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Rhea's Record
PIA 14654

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  The surface of Saturn's moon Rhea bears witness to its violent history. Each crater seen here records an impact in the moon's past.

Craters are so densely packed on Rhea (949 miles, 1527 kilometers across) that they lie on top of each other, newer impacts often erasing the older craters.

This view is centered on terrain at 38 degrees north latitude, 290 degrees west longitude. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 22, 2012.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 19,000 miles (31,000 kilometers) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 30 degrees. Image scale is 600 feet (183 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: March 25, 2013 (PIA 14654)
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