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Map of Iapetus – May 2008
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Map of Iapetus – May 2008
PIA 11116

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  This global map of Saturn’s moon Iapetus was created using images taken during Cassini spacecraft flybys, with Voyager images filling in the gaps in Cassini's coverage.

Iapetus is the moon of Saturn which, curiously, has one bright hemisphere and one dark.

The map is an equidistant (simple cylindrical) projection and has a scale of 803 meters (0.5 miles) per pixel at the equator. Some territory seen in this map was imaged by Cassini using reflected light from Saturn. The mean radius of Iapetus used for projection of this map is 736 kilometers (457 miles). The resolution of the map is 16 pixels per degree. This mosaic map is an update to the version released in January 2008 (See PIA08406).

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: October 17, 2008 (PIA 11116)
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