Icy Scars
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Icy Scars

July 7, 2005

Saturn's icy moon Tethys displays a very old impact basin here, just southeast of its giant canyon system, Ithaca Chasma. The large crater has been degraded, or softened, by time and a more recent impact has formed a smaller crater near its southern edge. This large basin was first seen in images from the NASA Voyager mission. Tethys is 1,071 kilometers (665 miles) across.

A sharper, presumably younger crater called Penelope lies near the eastern limb, at the 3 o'clock position. This view shows principally the trailing hemisphere on Tethys. North is directly up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 20, 2005, at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (600,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 31 degrees. Resolution in the original image was 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel. The image has been contrast-enhanced and magnified by a factor of two to aid visibility.

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