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Rhea 'Rev 143' Raw Preview #5

Rhea 'Rev 143' Raw Preview #5
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Rhea was taken on January 11, 2011 and received on Earth January 12, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 59451 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters. The image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the Planetary Data System in 2012.

The Cassini Solstice 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: January 12, 2011
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Alliance Member Comments
Mercury_3488 (Jan 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM):
Try this, a reorientated one from Emily Lakdawalla.
NeKto (Jan 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM):
Red dragon is right. APOD editors please take note.
i love this image. Makes our plain one moon planet system look down right ordinary. if it wasn't for this silly "life" on this planet, there wouldn't near as much interesting stuff as the Saturn system.
Red_dragon (Jan 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM):
Impressive. Nothing less than that thanks to the way the NAC compress perspective and makes Dione to look as she was hanging of the rings and very near of Rhea.
This one is a 100% APOD image.
raketenflugplatz (Jan 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM):
thank you. it looks like from Space 1999 :)
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Jan 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM):
raketenflugplatz: The moon in the center of the image is Dione.
raketenflugplatz (Jan 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM):
Rhea is below... and what in the center of picture??
stowaway (Jan 13, 2011 at 11:07 AM):
Whooo-e-e-e-e! APOD time! Totally awesome picture. This one belongs on the cover of a magazine.