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Big Ding on Tethys
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Big Ding on Tethys
PIA 12628

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  A huge impact created Odysseus Crater which covers a large part of Saturn's moon Tethys in this Cassini image.

Odysseus Crater is 450 kilometers (280 miles) across. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Tethys (1062 kilometers, 660 miles across). North on Tethys is up and rotated 3 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 27, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 703,000 kilometers (437,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 79 degrees. Image scale is 4 kilometers (3 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit http://ciclops.org, http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 7, 2010 (PIA 12628)
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