CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Encountering Iapetus

The shadowy figure of Saturn's strange moon, Iapetus, steps into the light during Cassini's New Year's Eve 2004 flyby, revealing features on its surface both surprising and unexpected.

Jan 7, 2005: Giant Landslide on Iapetus - A spectacular landslide within the low-albedo region of Iapetus's surface known as Cassini Regio is visible in this image from Cassini.
Jan 7, 2005: Iapetus: A View from the Top - This oblique view of Iapetus from high latitude shows how the dark, heavily cratered terrain of Cassini Regio transitions to a bright icy terrain at high latitudes.
Jan 7, 2005: Iapetus in 3D - This stereo view of Iapetus was created by combining two Cassini images which were taken one day apart.
Jan 7, 2005: Iapetus by Saturnshine - This almost surreal view of Iapetus was acquired by Cassini about ten minutes after the spacecraft's closest approach to the icy moon during a close flyby on New Year's Eve 2004.
Jan 7, 2005: Dark-stained Iapetus - This near-true color view from Cassini reveals the colorful and intriguing surface of Iapetus in unrivaled clarity.
Jan 7, 2005: Encountering Iapetus - On New Year's Eve 2004, Cassini flew past Saturn's intriguing moon Iapetus, capturing the four visible light images that were mosaicked together to form this global view.

Dec 30, 2004: Iapetus' New Year's Flyby - This map of the surface of Iapetus (1,436 kilometers 892 miles across), generated from images taken by the Voyager spacecraft, illustrates the imaging coverage planned during Cassini's flyby on December 31, 2004.