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Rhea Flyby - Jan. 11, 2011: Image Gallery

Rhea Flyby - Jan. 11, 2011: Image Gallery

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Raw Images -- Rhea Flyby, Jan. 11, 2011

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Craggy Craters on Rhea
This raw image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of Saturn's moon Rhea shows craters in an area between day and night on the icy moon. Cassini's wide-angle camera was about 200 kilometers (100 miles) away from Rhea's surface when the image was taken. The bright spot to the right is likely a cosmic ray hit.
Craters on Rhea
Shadowy Rhea Craters
This raw image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of Saturn's moon Rhea shows an old, cratered surface seen with a low sun angle, casting deep shadows on the crater floors. Cassini's wide-angle camera was about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away from Rhea's surface.
Rhea and Saturn's rings
Princess Rhea and Her Entourage
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image showing Saturn's icy moon Rhea taking center stage, with cameo appearances by Saturn's rings and three clearly visible moons. In this image, Dione appears just above Rhea. Tethys is the larger circle toward the upper left, and Epimetheus is the smaller dot to the left of Rhea. Prometheus is to the left of Dione, but barely distinguishable as a speck embedded in the rings. This wide-angle image was taken on Jan. 11, 2011, from a distance of approximately 60,000 kilometers away (37,000 miles) above Rhea.
Rhea
Cross-Cutting Faults on Rhea
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this image of the surface of Saturn's icy moon Rhea during its closest flyby of the moon. Rhea's surface is scarred by many craters and several long, cross-cutting faults. These faults – and the presence of so many craters -- show Rhea may have had some activity early in its geological history, but never developed the full-blown activity seen on other moons in the Saturn system. This raw image was taken by Cassini's narrow-angle camera on Jan. 11, 2011, from approximately 41,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) away.
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Battered Rhea
In this image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its closest flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea, the heavily cratered surface of the moon appears in great detail. Just to the bottom right of the center of this image, a bright area appears to indicate a freshly excavated double crater. Double craters can appear when two gravitationally linked asteroids crash into a surface. This image was obtained by Cassini's narrow-angle camera on Jan. 11, 2011, from a distance of about 20,000 kilometers (12,000 miles) away.