The moon Tethys is seen next to Saturn in this NASA handout image

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 6:37 pm (UTC+0)
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The moon Tethys (in the upper left of the image) is seen next to Saturn in this NASA image taken from the Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 19, 2012 and released Dec. 3, 2012. Saturn's rings appear to dwarf Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across) although scientists believe the moon to be many times more massive than the entire ring system combined. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) from Saturn. (REUTERS/NASA)

The moon Tethys (in the upper left of the image) is seen next to Saturn in this NASA handout image from the Cassini spacecraft taken August 19, 2012 and released December 3, 2012. Saturn’s rings appear to dwarf Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across) although scientists believe the moon to be many times more massive than the entire ring system combined. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) from Saturn. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout (UNITED STATES – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Dora Mekouar
Dora Mekouar, a long-time Washington-area writer and journalist, is the editor and curator of VOA's All About America blog.

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