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Melanthius at Dusk

Melanthius at Dusk
PIA 17138

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  The craters of Tethys tell the story of a violent history marked by impacts. The names of the craters also tell oft-violent stories: in this case, the Iliad and Odyssey. Here, we see the craters Melanthius (near the center, at the day/night terminator), Dolius (above Melanthius), and Penelope (upper left almost over the limb). Penelope was the faithful and wise wife of the Greek hero Odysseus, Dolius was their loyal gardener, and Melanthius was Dolius' son.

This view looks toward the leading side of Tethys. North on Tethys is up and rotated 32 degrees to the right. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 16, 2013.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 684,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 63 degrees. Image scale is 4 miles (7 kilometers) per pixel. The image has been zoomed in by a factor of 1.5.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: November 4, 2013 (PIA 17138)
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jsc248 (Nov 14, 2013 at 7:23 AM):
It's amazing to see just how many large craters this little satellite has. Some wonderful science to be had from images such as this, there are a number of fracture lines emanating from Herschel. It does still look like the Death Star from Star Wars though!!