September 8, 2009
The Cassini spacecraft eyes a prominent crater on the moon Janus.
The south pole lies on the terminator at the bottom left of the image. This view is centered on terrain at 16 degrees south latitude, 64 degrees west longitude. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Janus (179 kilometers, or 111 miles across). North on Janus is up and rotated 31 degrees to the right.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 26, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 98,000 kilometers (61,000 miles) from Janus and at a Sun-Janus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 58 degrees. Image scale is 586 meters (1,922 feet) 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.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute