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Subtle Colors on Iapetus

26 Sep 2017, 17:00 UTC
Subtle Colors on Iapetus
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NASA dixit:
“March 27, 2015. Cassini stared toward Saturn’s two-toned moon Iapetus (914 miles or 1,471 kilometers across) for about a week in early 2015, in a campaign motivated in part to investigate subtle color differences within the moon’s bright terrain. This distant flyby represents Cassini’s second-closest approach to Iapetus in the current mission phase. It is the only set of observations with a good view of the bright terrain in the moon’s north polar area.
The large basin at lower right, within the dark terrain, is named Turgis. The slightly smaller crater at the nine o’clock position is Falsaron. The two prominent craters just above image center are Roland and Turpin. At the limb around the three o’clock position is the darkened rim of the crater Naimon. Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural-color view. The moon’s brightness has been enhanced in order to make the dark terrain visible. The image also was enlarged by a factor of two compared to the original data.
The view was obtained by the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera at a distance of approximately 621,000 miles (1 million kilometers) from Iapetus and at a Sun-Iapetus-spacecraft, or ...

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