CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Odysseus Into the Dark

Odysseus impact basin lies between night and day on Tethys.

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

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 26, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.5 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 96 degrees. Image scale is 9 kilometers (6 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: April 9, 2007 (PIA 08913)
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  Odysseus Into the Dark
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