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Titan, Pallene, Dione and Rhea Rev 139 Raw Preview

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's moons Titan, Pallene, Dione and Rhea were taken on Oct. 14, 16 and 17, 2010. Clouds can be seen on Titan in the image of that moon. Cassini came within about 36,000 kilometers (22,000 miles) of Pallene; these are the highest resolution images of this small moon to be captured during the entire Cassini mission. Cassini passed within about 23,000 kilometers (14,000 miles) of Dione and about 31,000 (19,000 miles) kilometers of Rhea.

Oct 18, 2010: Titan 'Rev 139' Raw Preview #1 - This raw, unprocessed image of Titan was taken on October 14, 2010 and received on Earth October 15, 2010.
Oct 18, 2010: Pallene 'Rev 139' Raw Preview #1 - This raw, unprocessed image of Pallene was taken on October 16, 2010 and received on Earth October 17, 2010.
Oct 18, 2010: Pallene 'Rev 139' Raw Preview #2 - This raw, unprocessed image of Pallene was taken on October 16, 2010 and received on Earth October 17, 2010.
Oct 18, 2010: Dione 'Rev 139' Raw Preview #1 - This raw, unprocessed image of Dione was taken on October 17, 2010 and received on Earth October 18, 2010.
Oct 18, 2010: Dione 'Rev 139' Raw Preview #2 - This raw, unprocessed image of Dione was taken on October 17, 2010 and received on Earth October 18, 2010.
Oct 18, 2010: Dione 'Rev 139' Raw Preview #3 - This raw, unprocessed image of Dione was taken on October 17, 2010 and received on Earth October 18, 2010.
Oct 18, 2010: Rhea 'Rev 139' Raw Preview #1 - This raw, unprocessed image of Rhea was taken on October 17, 2010 and received on Earth October 18, 2010.
Alliance Member Comments
rochelimit (Nov 1, 2010 at 9:16 AM):
I think it's a coincident that it looks spherical. I don't think a small moon can be the that spherical, and considering Pallene is a shepherd moon, it probably has either a flying saucer-like shape, or an elongated egg-like shape... but i dunno
rnrnelson (Oct 23, 2010 at 2:57 PM):
Why is Pallene spherical? The October 18 closest approach yet of this 4km diameter moon shows a perfect sphere. Only if it were liquid (or recently liquid) could such a small object be so spherical. Why aren't 2001/2010 Space Odessey fans clamoring fo a mission to such an obviously alien artifact?

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