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A Few Rhea Craters

A Few Rhea Craters
PIA 12584

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  Cassini pictures a crescent of Saturn's moon Rhea.

Although craters dominate this particular view, the trailing hemisphere of Rhea also features wispy fractures. See PIA06578 to learn more.

Lit terrain seen here is on the trailing hemisphere of Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 25, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 768,000 kilometers (477,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 114 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox 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/Space Science Institute
Released: March 8, 2010 (PIA 12584)
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