CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Icy Old Moon

This Cassini image provides a view of the southern portion of Tethys' trailing hemisphere. Prominent features include the huge canyon, Ithaca Chasma, approximately centered in this view, as well as Demodocus and Telemus, large basins just to the right of the rift. Features on Tethys are named for characters in Homer's Odyssey.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 10, 2008 at a distance of approximately 417,000 kilometers (259,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 55 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (2 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: December 4, 2008 (PIA 10527)
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  Icy Old Moon
PIA 10527

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