Saturn's moon Helene, Cassini image

Saturn's moon Helene, Cassini image

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Credit: NASA /JPL/Space Science Institute/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn's moon Helene. Large portions of the moon, which measures approximately 35 kilometres in diameter, appear to have been blasted away by impacts. The joint NASA-ESA Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched in 1997 and took seven years to reach Saturn and its moons. The Huygens probe separated from Cassini on 25th December 2004, and descended to the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The Cassini orbiter continued orbiting Saturn; studying its atmosphere and rings and performing flybys of its moons. Image obtained by Cassini's narrow-angle camera on 31st January 2001 at an approximate distance of 31,000 kilometres from Helene.

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