CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Rhea's Bright Splat

Rhea's Bright Splat
PIA 07514

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  Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across) displays one of her more prominent features here: a bright, rayed crater which was seen at much higher resolution in an image taken two weeks earlier.

North on Rhea is up and rotated about 65 degrees to the left. This view shows principally the anti-Saturn hemisphere on Rhea.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on April 27, 2005, from a distance of approximately 2 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 42 degrees. The image scale is 12 kilometers (7 miles) 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: June 6, 2005 (PIA 07514)
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