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Peace Above, Turmoil Below
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Peace Above, Turmoil Below
PIA 10425

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  Tethys passes silently between Saturn and Cassini as a train of storms rumbles through the planet's southern hemisphere.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 2 degrees above the ringplane. The rings' shadows darken the planet at top. Tethys is 1,062 kilometers (660 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 4, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (756,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 69 kilometers (43 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: July 15, 2008 (PIA 10425)
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