August 20, 2012
The Cassini spacecraft takes a detailed look at the northern part of the huge Odysseus Crater on Saturn's moon Tethys.
The crater dominates the left half of this view of Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across). This view is centered on terrain at 49 degrees north latitude, 111 degrees west longitude. See Epic Odysseus for a wider view of Odysseus Crater.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 28, 2012. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 45,000 miles (72,000 kilometers) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 64 degrees. Image scale is 1,409 feet (430 meters) per pixel.
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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute