CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Eye of Tethys

Eye of Tethys
PIA 06625

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  Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) turns like a great eye as the enormous crater Odysseus (450 kilometers or 280 miles across) rotates into Cassini's view.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on March 6, 2005, from a distance of approximately 1.7 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Tethys and from a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 35 degrees. The image scale is 10 kilometers (6 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of two and contrast-enhanced 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: April 12, 2005 (PIA 06625)
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