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Saturn’s 2-toned moon

Saturn’s moon Iapetus is a world of contrast, with light and dark regions fitting together like cosmic puzzle pieces.

The Cassini spacecraft captured this view of the Saturn-facing hemisphere of the planet’s moon Iapetus on March 11, 2017, at a distance of approximately 1.6 million miles (2.6 million kilometers).

The moon gets it distinctive, two-toned appearance from the contrast between the dark Cassini Regio area – 914 miles (1,471 kilometers) across and covered in a layer of dusty material – and the much brighter region around it.

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Bottom line: Image of Saturn’s moon Iapetus by the Cassini spacecraft.

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Eleanor Imster