CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Closest Approach to Phoebe

Images collected during the closest approach to Phoebe on June 11, 2004 are already starting to provide insights into the history of this dark outer moon of Saturn.

Jun 14, 2004: Skyline View - Images like this one, showing bright wispy streaks thought to be ice revealed by subsidence of crater walls, are leading to the view that Phoebe is an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material.
Jun 14, 2004: A View to the South - A mosaic of two images of Saturn's moon Phoebe taken shortly after Cassini's flyby on June 11, 2004 gives a close-up view of a region near its South pole.
Jun 14, 2004: Peering at Phoebe - Shown here is a mosaic of seven of the sharpest, highest resolution images taken of Phoebe during Cassini's close flyby of the moon.
Jun 14, 2004: Dark Desolation - On June 11, 2004, at its closest approach to Phoebe, Cassini obtained this extremely high resolution view of a dark, desolate landscape.

Jun 13, 2004: Crater Close-up on Phoebe - This eye-popping high-resolution image of Phoebe's pitted surface taken very near closest approach shows a 13-kilometer (8-mile) diameter crater with a debris-covered floor.
Jun 13, 2004: Phoebe's Surprise - Phoebe delivers on its promise to reveal new wonders to Cassini by showing probable evidence of an ice-rich body overlain with a thin layer of dark material.
Jun 13, 2004: The Face of Phoebe - Phoebe's true nature is revealed in startling clarity in this mosaic of two images taken during Cassini's flyby on June 11, 2004.

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