CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Low Contrast Rhea

Low Contrast Rhea
PIA 11550

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  The battered features of the moon Rhea, seen at low phase, appear washed out by the sun.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Rhea at a sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 15 degrees. To see Rhea at an even lower phase angle -- near opposition -- see PIA10542.

North on Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across) is up and rotated 7 degrees to the left. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 26, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles) from Rhea. Image scale is 9 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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 Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: August 4, 2009 (PIA 11550)
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