December 22, 2005
This global digital map of Saturn's moon Iapetus was created using data taken during Cassini and Voyager spacecraft flybys. The map is an equidistant projection and has a scale of 641 meters (2,103 feet) per pixel.
Some territory seen in this map was imaged by Cassini using reflected light from Saturn.
The mean radius of Iapetus used for projection of this map is 735 kilometers (457 miles). The resolution of the map is 20 pixels per degree.
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