CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Another Death Star?

Another Death Star?
PIA 14637

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  Although Mimas holds the unofficial designation of "Death Star moon," Tethys is seen here also vaguely resembling the space station from Star Wars. Apparently, Tethys doesn't want Mimas to have all the fun!

For images of Mimas (246 miles, 396 kilometers) as the Death Star, see PIA12570.

Lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Tethys (660 miles, 1062 kilometers across). North on Tethys is up and rotated 42 degrees to the right. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on June 28, 2012.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 43,000 miles (69,000 kilometers) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 77 degrees. Image scale is 3 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: December 3, 2012 (PIA 14637)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Dec 3, 2012 at 6:01 AM):
Well, in Star Wars there were the two Death Stars on the movies and at least other in the expanded universe (novels, etc), so there's no problem.

It seems, however, that no TIE fighters, nor Star Destroyers so far...