Icy surface of Saturn's moon Rhea sparkles in latest striking photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

The days of NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be numbered, but still it has life left in it. While revolving around Saturn, it captured a stunning picture. In the new photo taken by Cassini, the icy surface of Saturn's moon Rhea is looking sparkling.

Rhea is the second-largest of Saturn's 62 moons and measures 949 miles across. The latest picture of the moon was captured by the Cassini spacecraft on June 3. The US space agency has unveiled the picture on Monday (August 1).

Rhea is almost entirely made up of ice, mixed with rock traces, making it look like a dirty snowball. Besides, the battered moon has experienced many impacts, which have made it one of the solar system’s most heavily cratered celestial bodies.

While describing the picture, NASA officials wrote, “Rhea, like many moons in the outer solar system, appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight. This is the signature of the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface”.

The icy moon also possesses a quite thin oxygen-rich atmosphere, nearly 5 trillion times less dense in comparison to that of Earth’s. Even then, Rhea is the sole known celestial body beyond Earth to possess an oxygen atmosphere.

At the time of capturing the latest image, the Cassini was roughly 365,000 miles (587,000 kilometers) away from Rhea. The US space agency officials mentioned that the view has demonstrated the ‘anti-Saturn hemisphere of Rhea’.

Since 2004, the Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting the gas giant. The mission of the probe is likely to end in September next year.

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