CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Pitted Hyperion

Giant pits cover the impact-eroded face of Hyperion, giving it a spongy appearance. The chaotically tumbling moon is extremely porous, like the moons orbiting in and near Saturn's rings.

Hyperion is 270 kilometers (168 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 12, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (700,000 miles) from Hyperion and at a Sun-Hyperion-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 46 degrees. Scale in the original image was 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel. The image was contrast enhanced and magnified by a factor of two.

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: May 15, 2007 (PIA 08940)
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  Pitted Hyperion
PIA 08940

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DEChengst (May 15, 2007 at 1:47 PM):
Looks like a potato. Can I make Belgian fries out of that ?