CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Cratered Rhea

Cratered Rhea
PIA 12702

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  Cassini looks to the cratered surface of Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea.

Rhea is 1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles, across. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Rhea. North on Rhea is up and rotated 30 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 3, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 93,000 kilometers (58,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 62 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (3 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: August 19, 2010 (PIA 12702)
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