Cassini captures Rhea coming down

Jan 13, 2011 By Jia-Rui C. Cook
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this raw image of Saturn's icy moon Rhea in the foreground. This wide-angle image was taken on Jan. 11, 2011, from a distance of approximately 60,000 kilometers away (37,000 miles). Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Raw images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from the closest flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea have begun streaming to Cassini's raw image page.

At closest approach, Cassini glided within about 69 kilometers (43 miles) of Rhea's surface at 4:53 AM UTC on Jan. 11, which was 10:53 PM Pacific Time on Jan. 10.

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More information: To see the raw images, go to saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/raw/ and click on "Search Images."

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