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A View to the South
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A View to the South

November 12, 2009
A mosaic of two images of Saturn's moon Phoebe taken shortly after Cassini's flyby on 11 June 2004 gives a close-up view of a region near its South Pole. The view, taken about 13 000 kilometres from Phoebe, is about 120 kilometres across and shows a region battered by craters. Brighter material, likely to be ice, is exposed by small craters and streams down the slopes of large craters. The skyline is a combination of Phoebe's shape and the formation of impact craters. Walls of some of the larger craters are more than 4 kilometres high. The image scale is 80 metres per pixel.

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


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