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Eye on Tethys
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Eye on Tethys
PIA 11552

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  Appearing like an iris of a human eye, the huge Odysseus Crater dominates the sphere of the moon Tethys.

The Odysseus Crater is 450 kilometers, or 280 miles, across on Tethys which is 1,062 kilometers, or 660 miles, across. Cassini looks down on Tethys' northern hemisphere in this view centered on terrain at 25 degrees north latitude, 54 degrees west longitude. North on Tethys is up and rotated 17 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 11, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (621,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 26 degrees. Image scale is 6 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: August 6, 2009 (PIA 11552)
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