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Calypso "Rev 126" Flyby Raw Preview #1

Calypso "Rev 126" Flyby Raw Preview #1
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Calypso was taken by Cassini on Feb. 13, 2010.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 13, 2010 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 23,000 kilometers (14,000 miles) from Calypso. Image scale is 135 meters (443 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: February 15, 2010
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Feb 18, 2010 at 4:15 PM):
Rather than the head of a fish, it reminds me Cyrano de Bergerac's nose, or if you prefer so that picture of the asteroid Gaspra taken by the Galileo spacecraft on her route towards Jupiter.
mipsandbips (Feb 16, 2010 at 6:55 PM):
Calypso, almost "shoehorn" like in shape amazes one as ti how
it had aquired that very unusual shape!
stowaway (Feb 15, 2010 at 11:08 PM):
Calypso is actually quite beautiful in this image.