Date: 10 Mar 2012
Cassini looks over the heavily cratered surface of Rhea during the spacecraft's flyby of the moon on 10 March 2012.
See PIA08909 and PIA06553 to learn more about the impacts that have shaped the surface of Rhea (1,528 km across, or 949 miles). This view is centered on terrain at 58 degrees north latitude, 84 degrees west longitude on Rhea. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 43,000 km (27,000 miles) from Rhea and at a sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 67 degrees. Image scale is 252 m (827 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.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit: http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.
Last Update: 8 Mar 2013 (AMB)
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute