CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Craters of Tethys

Craters of Tethys
PIA 06518

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  Two large craters and hints of several smaller ones are visible in this Cassini image of Saturn's icy moon Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across).

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on September 23, 2004, from a distance of 7.9 million kilometers (4.9 million miles) from Tethys and at a Sun- Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 80 degrees. The image scale is 48 kilometers (30 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: November 11, 2004 (PIA 06518)
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