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Rhea's Roughness



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The sun's low angle near the terminator highlights the topography of craters within Rhea's wispy terrain.

Rhea's Roughness
September 22, 2008
Full-Res: PIA10474

The sun's low angle near the terminator highlights the topography of craters within Rhea's wispy terrain.

A similar view, Rhea in Natural Color, shows this region from a slightly different perspective and in natural color.

This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across). North is toward the top of the image.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 10, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 758,000 kilometers (471,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 51 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. 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 and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute




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