Iapetus has been imaged multiple times from moderate distances by the Cassini orbiter. However, its great distance from Saturn makes close observation difficult. There has been one close targeted flyby, at a minimum range of 1227 km, on September 10, 2007; no additional close flybys are planned. One viewing opportunity is possible in 2015.
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