Tethys' dark equatorial band is seen in natural color on the moon's leading hemisphere. The largest impact basin on Tethys, Odysseus (400 kilometers, 250 miles across), appears on the left.
Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were acquired with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 27, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.203 million kilometers (747,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 10 degrees. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 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.