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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 19, 2005 15:54:27 GMT -6
Colorful Cratered Calypso
This color image provides the best look yet at Saturn's moon Calypso, a Trojan (trailing moon) of the larger moon Tethys. Calypso trails Tethys in its orbit by 60 degrees.
Telesto is the other Tethys Trojan, orbiting Saturn 60 degrees ahead of Tethys.
Calypso is 22 kilometers (14 miles) across. Calypso, like many other small Saturnian moons and small asteroids, is irregularly shaped by overlapping large craters. Although the resolution here is not as high as in Cassini's best images of Pandora and Telesto, this moon appears to also have loose surface material capable of smoothing the appearance of craters.
Looks like Toutatis, by Jove!...
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