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Rhea and Enceladus
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Rhea and Enceladus
PIA 06620


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  Though much farther away from Cassini when the spacecraft acquired this image, Saturn's second-largest moon Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across) still dwarfs the brightest icy moon Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) in this scene.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on February 21, 2005, from a distance of approximately 2 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Enceladus and 2.5 million kilometers (1.6 million miles) from Rhea. The image scale is 12 kilometers (7 miles) per pixel on Enceladus, and 15 kilometers (9 miles) per pixel on Rhea.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 5, 2005 (PIA 06620)
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