November 24, 2009
The Cassini spacecraft looks toward the battered surface of the moon Rhea.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 13, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 44,000 kilometers (27,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 103 degrees. Image scale is 3 kilometers (about 2 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.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute