CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Smooth Surface of Telesto

Cassini passed within a cosmic stone's throw of Telesto in October, 2005 capturing this shot of the tiny Trojan moon.

Telesto (25 kilometers, 16 miles across) appears to be mantled in fine, icy material, although a few craters and some outcrops and/or large boulders are visible. Its smooth surface does not appear retain the record of intense cratering that most of Saturn's other moons possess.

The image was taken in polarized green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 11, 2005, at a distance of approximately 14,000 kilometers (9,000 miles) from Telesto. The image scale is 86 meters (282 feet) per pixel.

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,

Released: February 14, 2006 (PIA 07702)
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  Smooth Surface of Telesto
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