Photojournal: PIA12702
Published: August 19, 2010

The Cassini spacecraft looks to the cratered surface of Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea.

Rhea is 1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles, across. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Rhea. North on Rhea is up and rotated 30 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 3, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 93,000 kilometers (58,000 miles) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 62 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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.

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

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


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