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See pic: NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a dazzling Rhea during its Saturn probe!

NASA just released a beautiful image of Rhea shining in the full sunlight, the reason being the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface.


See pic: NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a dazzling Rhea during its Saturn probe!
Image courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

New Delhi: NASA's Cassini spacecraft has always awed space enthusiasts with enlightening images of its numerous flybys of the planet Saturn and its moons.

Even though Titan and Tethys have more or less been in the limelight, it is Saturn's secind largest moon, Rhea that has caught Cassini's interest.

NASA just released a beautiful image of Rhea shining in the full sunlight, the reason being the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface.

As per NASA, Rhea's ancient surface is one of the most heavily cratered of all of Saturn's moons. Subtle albedo variations across the disk of Rhea hint at past geologic activity.

Explaining the image in detail, NASA reported that, this view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Rhea. North on Rhea is up and rotated 36 degrees to the right. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 3, 2016 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 365,000 miles (587,000 kilometers) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 9 degrees. Image scale is 2.4 miles (3.9 kilometers) per pixel.

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