CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Reflecting on Icy Rhea

Bright sunlight on Rhea shows off the cratered surface of Saturn's second largest moon.

See PIA09895 and PIA10464 to learn more about this moon.

Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Rhea. North on Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across) is up.

Scale in the original image was 8 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of two and contrast-enhanced to aid visibility. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 21, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 40 degrees.

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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: November 3, 2009 (PIA 11615)
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  Reflecting on Icy Rhea
PIA 11615

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