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article imageNASA captures new images of Saturn's moon Rhea

By Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins     Mar 14, 2012 in Science
NASA displayed new raw, unedited images of Saturn's moon Rhea, captured by the Cassini spacecraft on a close-approach of 42,000 kilometers (26,000 miles), a relatively distant pass suitable for geologic mapping.
NASA announced Cassini's successful March 10 photo-shoot of Saturn's second largest moon Rhea that created a 30-frame mosaic of the globe's leading hemisphere and the side that faces away from Saturn, showing off the moon's heavily cratered surface.
The images, available for public use on the Cassini mission website, also display the large Tirawa and Mamaldi impact basins, both hundreds of kilometers or miles across, and the 47-kilometer (29-mile) Inktomi ray crater, one of Rhea's youngest features.
Rhea is about 1,530 kilometers (950 miles) across, according to NASA.
NASA s Cassini spacecraft took this raw  unedited image of Saturn s moon Rhea shadowed by the giant ...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unedited image of Saturn's moon Rhea shadowed by the giant planet on March 10, 2012.
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A description by NASA stated: Rhea is less than a third the size of Titan, Saturn's largest moon; the moon is cold and airless, warming up to -281 degrees Fahrenheit (-174 Celsius) in sunny regions; and may be one quarter rock and three quarters ice.
NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency cooperate on the Cassini-Huygens mission.
NASA s Cassini spacecraft took this raw  unprocessed image of the highly cratered surface of Saturn ...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unprocessed image of the highly cratered surface of Saturn's moon Rhea on March 10, 2012.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
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