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Crisscrossing Rhea

Crisscrossing Rhea
PIA 12768

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  Thin lineaments cross back and forth on the surface of Saturn's moon Rhea in this equatorial view.

These lines can be seen intersecting craters on Rhea (1528 kilometers, 949 miles across). This view is centered on terrain at 1 degree north latitude, 236 degrees west longitude.

See PIA08871 for an earlier, false-color view that includes surface features such as these.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 11, 2011. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 41,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 15 degrees. Image scale is 238 meters (781 feet) per pixel.

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: May 30, 2011 (PIA 12768)
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