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Dark Desolation

Dark Desolation


Date: 14 June 2004
Satellite: Cassini
Depicts: Surface of Phoebe
Copyright: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

On 11 June 2004, during its closest approach to Phoebe, Cassini obtained this extremely high resolution view of a dark, desolate landscape. Regions of different reflectivity are clearly visible on what appears to be a gently rolling surface. Notable are several bright-rayed impact craters, lots of small craters with bright-coloured floors and light-coloured streaks across the landscape. Note also the several sharply defined craters - probably fairly young features - near the upper left corner.

This high-resolution image was obtained at a phase, or Sun-Phoebe-spacecraft, angle of 30.7 degrees, and from a distance of approximately 2365 kilometres. The image scale is approximately 14 metres per pixel. The image was high-pass filtered to bring out small scale features and then enhanced in contrast.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
21-May-2022 13:35 UT

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