CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Craters in Relief

Craters in Relief
PIA 09019

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  Large and medium-sized impact basins on Rhea's trailing hemisphere are thrown into sharp relief by the grazing rays of the Sun. Bright, wispy features reach across the surface from the east.

This view shows roughly the same region as the color view PIA06578.

North on Rhea (1,528 kilometers, 949 miles across) is up and rotated 12 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 21, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 783,000 kilometers (487,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 76 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: September 3, 2007 (PIA 09019)
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