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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Iapetus' leading hemisphere and 'snowman'

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

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Iapetus' leading hemisphere and 'snowman' Cassini took this distant photo of Iapetus on November 27, 2006. On the left is the dark terrain of Cassini Regio, on Iapetus' leading hemisphere; toward the right, the dark material breaks up into a complicated boundary with the light terrain of Iapetus' trailing hemisphere. The eastern boundary of Cassini Regio is marked by a feature of three overlapping craters outlined in dark material that look a little like a snowman. The image has been enlarged by a factor of two, and the contrast adjusted to reveal more detail within the dark terrain, including two very large impact basins.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about November 27, 2006.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

 

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