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Saturn's moon, Phoebe

23 January 2006

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Saturn's moon, Phoebe
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Saturn’s moon Phoebe has an irregularly shaped surface. Phoebe was first imaged in 1981 by the American space probe Voyager 1, which showed hardly more than a small, blurred wafer. This picture mosaic was developed on 11 June 2004 from photographs of the visible-light camera system on board Cassini. Cassini flew by on a Saturn orbit at only 2000 kilometers distance from Phoebe, itself nearly 13 million kilometers distant from Saturn. Cassini also used the VIMS spectrometer to analyse the chemical elements existing at the surface in infra-red. (Picture: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute).

Saturn’s moon Phoebe has an irregularly shaped surface. Phoebe was first imaged in 1981 by the American space probe Voyager 1, which showed hardly more than a small, blurred wafer. This picture mosaic was developed on 11 June 2004 from photographs of the visible-light camera system on board Cassini. Cassini flew by on a Saturn orbit at only 2000 kilometers distance from Phoebe, itself nearly 13 million kilometers distant from Saturn. Cassini also used the VIMS spectrometer to analyse the chemical elements existing at the surface in infra-red. (Picture: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute).

 

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