CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Resplendent Rhea

Resplendent Rhea
PIA 08307

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  Bright streaks adorn the face of densely cratered Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon.

The lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across). North is up and rotated five degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 11, 2006 at a distance of approximately 756,000 kilometers (470,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 49 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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: November 10, 2006 (PIA 08307)
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