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Crisscrossing Rhea



Category: Moons > Rhea

Close-up view of Rhea

Crisscrossing Rhea
May 30, 2011
Full-Res: PIA12768

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 0 degrees north latitude, 165 degrees west longitude.

See Color Across Rhea 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-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 in Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

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

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute




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