The Cassini spacecraft peers at the pitted surface of the small and irregularly-shaped moon Hyperion.
See PIA09728 to learn how these pits are created on low-density Hyperion (270 kilometers, or 168 miles across). To watch a movie of this tumbling moon, see PIA07683.
Scale in the original image was 9 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of three and contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 5, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (870,000 miles) from Hyperion and at a Sun-Hyperion-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 91 degrees.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. 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 and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.