CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Odysseus Out of Shadow

Odysseus Out of Shadow
PIA 08884

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  Cassini stares directly into the great Odysseus impact basin on Tethys. Peaks near the crater's center cast long shadows toward the east. The elevated eastern rim of the crater catches sunlight, despite being well beyond the terminator.

See PIA07693 for a highly detailed view of Odysseus.

Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) -- the side that always faces away from Saturn. North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 19, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.1 million kilometers (700,000 miles) from Tethys. Image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) 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,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: February 28, 2007 (PIA 08884)
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JohnJain (Apr 27, 2007 at 8:35 AM):
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