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Epic Odysseus

Epic Odysseus
PIA 12588

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  Odysseus Crater, with a size of epic proportions, stretches across a large northern expanse on Saturn's moon Tethys.

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

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 14, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 178,000 kilometers (111,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 73 degrees. Image scale is 1 kilometer (3,485 feet) 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: March 12, 2010 (PIA 12588)
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Alliance Member Comments
raketenflugplatz (Mar 15, 2010 at 4:15 AM):
excellent picture with a lots of details
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Mar 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM):
Very interesting view of Tethys.