Zoom-in on Epimetheus

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This zoomed-in perspective of Epimetheus, one of a tip fortitude ever taken, shows a aspect lonesome in craters, clear reminders of a hazards of space.

Epimetheus (70 miles or 113 kilometers across) is too tiny for a sobriety to reason onto an atmosphere.  It is also too tiny to be geologically active.  There is therefore no approach to erase a scars from meteor impacts, solely for a era of new impact craters on tip of aged ones.

This perspective looks toward anti-Saturn side of Epimetheus. North on Epimetheus is adult and rotated 32 degrees to a right. The picture was taken with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Feb. 21, 2017 regulating a bright filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered during 939 nanometers.

The perspective was acquired during a stretch of approximately 9,300 miles (15,000 kilometers) from Epimetheus and during a Sun-Epimetheus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 71 degrees. Image scale is 290 feet (89 meters) 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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