Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New Telesto Image: Squinting at Telesto

CICLOPS has released this processed view of Telesto, taken on August 1 from a distance of 768,000 km. From that distance, the 24-km wide Telesto appears as nothing more than a blog of light with no discernable features or shape. Believe it or not, this qualifies it as one of the best images of Telesto thus far (Voyager's best image was ~ 5km/pixel) But, fear not, better images of Telesto are coming. Cassini comes within 9800 km of this small, trojan satellite on October 11, 2005. This will be one of the closest flybys of a small satellite during the tour. At closest approaches, images with a resolution of 56 m/pixel are possible (~425 pixels across Telesto's disk).


Anonymous Jyri Leskinen said...

Way cool! I've always wanted to see the small satellites up close.

9/14/2005 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Gordan said...

Speaking of small satellites, is it me or has the Hyperion flyby distance been shaved off from 1000 km to around 500 km? Planetary Society website seems to suggest so. If true, that's great news, the closer the better :)
I do hope this time around there'll be no mess-ups with bit flags seeing as there are 3 flybys in 4 days (Calypso, Tethys & Hyperion)...

9/14/2005 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Moomaw said...

Yep -- they cut it down to 500 km with the same trajectory change that set up the close (1500 km) flyby of Tethys. The advantages of having a little extra fuel...

9/14/2005 10:49:00 PM  
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