Sunlight illuminates the deep cut of Ithaca Chasma on Saturn's moon Tethys.
Ithaca Chasma runs roughly north-south for more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on Tethys. See PIA07734 for a closer view.
Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Tethys (1062 kilometers, 660 miles across). North on Tethys is up and rotated 18 degrees to the right.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 2, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 477,000 kilometers (296,000 miles) from Tethys and at a Sun-Tethys-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 127 degrees. Image scale is 3 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. 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 was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.