CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Iapetus Flyby Raw Preview #14

Iapetus Flyby Raw Preview #14
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  This raw, unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Iapetus in Sept. 2007.

The image was taken on Sept. 10, 2007 with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera at a distance of approximately 9,240 kilometers (5,740 miles) from Iapetus. Image scale is 55 meters (180 feet) per pixel.

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 and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: September 11, 2007
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Alliance Member Comments
dlove (Sep 13, 2007 at 6:49 AM):
Image 14 resembles earth snow melting on a dark surface, but Image 13 clinches it,
with globs of dark material each in its' own snow crater.