PIA06632: Banded Moon


Banded Moon

Caption:

In this infrared view, Saturn's cratered moon Tethys shows a faint, dark band across its equatorial region. Tethys is 1,071 kilometers (665 miles) across.

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

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 11, 2005, through a filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 930 nanometers. The view was acquired at 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.

Background Info:

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 team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and the Cassini imaging team home page, http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Tethys Saturn, Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet, Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2005-04-21
Date in Caption 2005-03-11
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA06632
Identifier PIA06632