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Cassini surveys the battered surface of icy Tethys. The great impact basin straddling the terminator is itself overprinted by many smaller impact sites.
The view in this image is toward the southern hemisphere on the moon's Saturn-facing side. North on Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) is up and rotated 7 degrees to the right.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 11, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 559,000 kilometers (347,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 60 degrees. Image scale is 3 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.
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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.