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Tethys the Spy

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute2014-12-15

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Tethys appears to be peeking out from behind Rhea, watching the watcher.

Scientists believe that Tethys' surprisingly high albedo is due to the water ice jets emerging from its neighbor, Enceladus. The fresh water ice becomes the E ring and can eventually arrive at Tethys, giving it a fresh surface layer of clean ice.

Lit terrain seen here is on the anti-Saturn side of Rhea. North on Rhea is up. The image was taken in red light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 20, 2012.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from Rhea and at a Sun-Rhea-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 59 degrees. Image scale is 7 miles (11 kilometers) per pixel.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA18293

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  • Title: Tethys the Spy
  • Creator: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
  • Date Created: 2014-12-15
  • Rights: JPL

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