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Fortunate View June 4, 2008

Posted by jtintle in Planets, Space Fotos.
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NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


From a highly inclined orbit, Cassini looks toward far northern latitudes on Tethys.

Here, the spacecraft was above a position about 45 degrees north of the moon’s equator. This vantage point afforded a view of the moon’s three most recognizable features: the Ithaca Chasma canyon system (at lower right), Odysseus crater (at upper left) and the equatorial band of darker terrain (at lower left).

Lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Tethys (1,062 kilometers, 660 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 29, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 991,000 kilometers (616,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 73 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

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