Another approaching view of Iapetus
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
06-09-2007 12:08 CDT
This morning I found four more Iapetus frames on the Cassini raw images website, captured from a third closer to Iapetus than yesterday's post. Here's that picture, which I produced the same way I described yesterday. You can see a little bit more detail on that northern impact basin, and suddenly the "belly band" of Iapetus' equatorial mountains is popping in to view on the western limb.Tilmann Denk has told me that there will be three more of these approach shots before the Iapetus science plan kicks in on Saturday. The first two had resolution and phase of 8.7 kilometers/pixel and 152 degrees and 6.2 kilometers per pixel and 149 degrees. The next three will be 5.4/148; 4.2/147; and 3.0/147. I'll keep checking the website for these! They'll make a nice animation.
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