Phoebe in 3D

Saturn's moon Phoebe in 3D

6 September 2004

Phoebe's violent, cratered past is evident in this 3D image of Saturn's tiny moon.

Sunlight is coming from the left, illuminating craters and bumps on the surface, along with a prominent ridge-like feature in the middle.

Bright material, likely to be ice, is exposed on the top of this ridge-like feature as well as around small craters and down the slopes of larger craters. There are also bright streaks on steep slopes, perhaps where loose material slid downhill during the seismic shaking of impact events.

This 3D view uses two images taken by the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft narrow-angle camera on 11 June 2004, and requires stereoscopic glasses to view.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a co-operative project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency.

Credits: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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