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Odysseus in the Light
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Odysseus in the Light
PIA 09878

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  Cassini looks down onto high northern latitudes on Tethys, spying the enormous impact basin Odysseus.

Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn side of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 11, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 765,000 kilometers (475,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 97 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 11, 2008 (PIA 09878)
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