Puzzled Iapetus

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Iapetus is a universe of contrast, with light and dim regions wise together like vast nonplus pieces.

Cassini Regio on Iapetus (914 miles or 1,471 kilometers across) is lonesome in a covering of dark, dry element formulating a sheer contrariety to a most brighter segment that surrounds it. This leads to a moon’s distinctive, two-toned appearance. To learn some-more about a means of a contrariety between regions, see PIA06166.

This perspective looks toward Saturn-facing hemisphere of Iapetus. North on Iapetus is adult and rotated 20 degrees to a right. The picture was taken in manifest light with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Mar 11, 2017.

The perspective was performed during a stretch of approximately 1.6 million miles (2.6 million kilometers) from Iapetus. Image scale is 9 miles (15 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini goal is a mild plan of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and a Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a multiplication of a California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages a goal for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and a dual onboard cameras were designed, grown and fabricated during JPL. The imaging operations core is formed during a Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Source: NASA


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