SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Baby Star, Crescent Earth, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Baby Star, Crescent Earth, More
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November 9, 2009, 2009--The tiny moon Rhea hangs like a pearl in front of Saturn's rings, as seen in a recently released picture by the orbiting Cassini spacecraft. The raw image has not been calibrated, rotated, or otherwise enhanced.

The spacecraft's namesake, Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini, discovered Rhea in 1672. In 2008 astronomers announced that Rhea may be the first known moon with its own system of faint rings.
—Photograph courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
 
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