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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Captures New Images of Saturn’s Icy Moon Rhea

 

Written by Jia-Rui C. Cook
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn’s second largest moon, Rhea, were taken on March 10th, 2012, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This was a relatively distant flyby with a close-approach distance of 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers), well suited for global geologic mapping.

During the flyby, Cassini captured these distinctive views of the moon’s cratered surface, creating a 30-frame mosaic of Rhea’s leading hemisphere and the side of the moon that faces away from Saturn.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Rhea on March 10th, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 26,019 miles (41,873 kilometers) away. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Rhea on March 10th, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 26,019 miles (41,873 kilometers) away. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

The observations included the large Mamaldi (300 miles, or 480 kilometers, across) and Tirawa (220 miles, or 360 kilometers, across) impact basins and the 29-miles (47-kilometers) ray crater Inktomi, one of the youngest surface features on Rhea (about 950 miles, or 1,530 kilometers, across).

All of Cassini’s raw images can be seen at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/raw/ .

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena manages the mission for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations team is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, CO. JPL is a division of Caltech.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov/cassini .

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