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Smooth Telesto

Smooth Telesto
PIA 12704

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  The smooth surface of Saturn's moon Telesto is documented in this image captured during Cassini's Aug. 27, 2009, flyby.

See PIA07696 to learn more about Telesto's lack of craters.

This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Telesto (25 kilometers, 16 miles across). North on the moon is up and rotated 3 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 36,000 kilometers (22,000 miles) from Telesto and at a Sun-Telesto-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 48 degrees. Image scale is 214 meters (702 feet) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: August 23, 2010 (PIA 12704)
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