Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturn's Moons Rhea and Dione - co-joined

Two of Saturn's moons - Rhea (bottom) and Dione (top) - appear conjoined in this Cassini spacecraft image.

Dione is actually closer to the spacecraft here, but the reflection of the sun and a large crater at its south pole appears to make it blend seamlessly with Rhea.

The newly-released image was taken July 27, 2010 at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometres (688,000 miles) from Dione and 1.6 million kilometres (994,000 miles) from Rhea

Picture: NASA/JPL/SSI / Rex Features

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