CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Blasted Janus

Blasted Janus
PIA 12714

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  Saturn's moon Janus shows the scars of impacts in this Cassini image of craters light and dark.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across). North on Janus is up and rotated 10 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 7, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 75,000 kilometers (46,000 miles) from Janus and at a Sun-Janus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 39 degrees. Image scale is 448 meters (1,469 feet) 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: September 6, 2010 (PIA 12714)
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