CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Dark Belt of Tethys
[For trouble viewing the images/movies on this page, go here]
Dark Belt of Tethys
PIA 09766

Avg Rating: 8.94/10

Full Size 900x967:
JPEG 162 KB
PNG 635 KB
TIFF 1.0 MB
  Around the equator on its leading side, Tethys wears a band of slightly darker surface material. Cassini imaging scientists suspect that the darkened region may represent and area of less contaminated ice with differently sized grains than the material at higher latitudes on either side of the band.

Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across). North is up. Part of the great canyon system Ithaca Chasma can be seen near the eastern limb in this frame-filling view.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 30, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 930 nanometers. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 186,000 kilometers (116,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 62 degrees. Image scale is 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: November 7, 2007 (PIA 09766)
Image/Caption Information


Alliance Member Comments
ANAKA HURAKAN (Nov 11, 2007 at 7:22 PM):
THE WORLDS AROUND SATURN WILL ONE DAY BE HOME TO THE HUMAN RACEMALL THAT IS NEEDED IS A CLEAR FOCUS AND AN END TO GENOCIDE

Want to add a comment?   Login (for Alliance Members) ... or ... Join the CICLOPS Alliance!