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Tethys Is Gorges
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Tethys Is Gorges

August 25, 2006

The ancient gorge of Ithaca Chasma carves a path across Tethys and continues out of sight over the moon's limb. This great rift is a system of canyons that is 100 kilometers (60 miles) across on average, is 4 kilometers (2 miles) deep in places, and can be traced more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) over Tethys' surface, from north to south.

This view also shows the belt of darkened material that Tethys (1,071 kilometers, or 665 miles across) wears prominently on its leading hemisphere. North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 23, 2006 at a distance of approximately 795,000 kilometers (494,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 99 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel.