CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Oddball Moon

Oddball Moon
PIA 06527

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  This image reveals the odd shape of Saturn's moon Hyperion (270 kilometers, 168 miles across) and an intriguing variation in brightness across its surface.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on October 20, 2004, from a distance of about 2.2 million kilometers (1.4 million miles) from Hyperion and at a Sun- Hyperion-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 50 degrees. The image scale is 13 kilometers (8 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 24, 2004 (PIA 06527)
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