CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Banded Moon

Banded Moon
PIA 06632

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  In this infrared view, cratered Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across) shows a faint, dark band across its equatorial region.

North is up in this view, which shows the leading hemisphere on Tethys.

The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on March 11, 2005, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 930 nanometers. The view was acquired from a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (850,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 80 degrees. Resolution in the original image was 8 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel. The image has been contrast-enhanced and magnified by a factor of two 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 21, 2005 (PIA 06632)
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