CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Squinting at Telesto

Squinting at Telesto
PIA 07586

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  The blob of light seen here is Telesto (25 kilometers, 16 miles across), which shares its orbital path with much larger Tethys.

Although this view may hint at a flattened, potato-like shape for Telesto (a common shape for Saturn's smaller moons), no features on the moon's surface can be resolved here.

The image was taken in visible green light with the narrow angle camera on Aug. 1, 2005, from a distance of approximately 768,000 kilometers (477,000 miles) from Telesto and at a Sun-Telesto-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 37 degrees degrees. Resolution in the original image was 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel. The image has been contrast-enhanced and magnified by a factor of four to aid visibility.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: September 14, 2005 (PIA 07586)
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