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Farewell to Hyperion

Farewell to Hyperion
PIA 17193

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  NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon.

North on Hyperion is up and rotated 37 degrees to the right. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 31, 2015 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 862 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 37,000 miles (60,000 kilometers) from Hyperion and at a Sun-Hyperion-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 20 degrees. Image scale is 1180 feet (360 meters) 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-Caltech/SSI
Released: June 2, 2015 (PIA 17193)
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jempromotions (Jun 11, 2015 at 9:57 AM):
wow - looks like a big piece of coral