Beyond Southern Rhea

Photo of the Day.

The Cassini spacecraft looks past the cratered south polar area of Saturn’s moon Rhea to spy the moon Dione and the planet’s rings in the distance.

This view looks toward the south polar area of the anti-Saturn side of Rhea (1,528 kilometers, or 949 miles across) and the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across). North on the moons is up.

This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. The rings, closer to Cassini than Dione is, obscure the view of the south of Dione.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Cassini Solstice mission / NASA JPL Photojournal