CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Toward Tethys

Toward Tethys
PIA 09781

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  Tethys hangs before Cassini, its great crater Odysseus in view. See PIA07693 for a close-up view of Odysseus.

This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 25, 2007 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 798,000 kilometers (496,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 12 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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: November 28, 2007 (PIA 09781)
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