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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Iapetus in color

Filed under pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, Iapetus, global views, Saturn's moons

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Iapetus in color This portrait of Iapetus is from Cassini's first encounter with the distant moon, on December 31, 2004, just before the Huygens descent. The flyby produced astonishing views of the moon, revealing its "belly band" of mountains as well as several previously undiscovered giant impact basins. The image is an approximately natural color mosaic taken at a distance of about 173,000 kilometers. The mosaic consists of two footprints which were the only ones where multispectral coverage exists at this point in th

NASA / JPL / SSI / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic

Copyright holder: Gordan Ugarkovic

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Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about December 31, 2004

 

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