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Iapetus in color

Iapetus in color

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NASA / JPL / SSI / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic

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

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: Gordan Ugarkovic

Original image data dated on or about December 31, 2004

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