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At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.
At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

Dark and Arc

At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20487
Added: 2016-06-27

Views: 1701

Dark and Arc

At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

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The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The Dew Drop of Saturn

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18368
Added: 2016-05-02

Views: 2028

The Dew Drop of Saturn

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.
A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.

Y Marks the Spot

A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18366
Added: 2016-04-18

Views: 1200

Y Marks the Spot

A sinuous feature snakes northward from Enceladus' south pole like a giant tentacle in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This feature, is actually tectonic in nature, created by stresses in Enceladus' icy shell.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.

Tilted Terminator

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18362
Added: 2016-03-14

Views: 1539

Tilted Terminator

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this half-lit view of Saturn's moon Enceladus, whose icy surface is is uniformly bright, far brighter than Earth's moon.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this half-lit view of Saturn's moon Enceladus, whose icy surface is is uniformly bright, far brighter than Earth's moon.

A Half-Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this half-lit view of Saturn's moon Enceladus, whose icy surface is is uniformly bright, far brighter than Earth's moon.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18351
Added: 2016-01-25

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A Half-Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this half-lit view of Saturn's moon Enceladus, whose icy surface is is uniformly bright, far brighter than Earth's moon.

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During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft revisited a landscape, and a mystery, that it had originally glimpsed more than 10 years earlier.
During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft revisited a landscape, and a mystery, that it had originally glimpsed more than 10 years earlier.

Enceladus Dalmatian Terrain Close-up

During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft revisited a landscape, and a mystery, that it had originally glimpsed more than 10 years earlier.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20017
Added: 2016-01-13

Views: 2867

Enceladus Dalmatian Terrain Close-up

During its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft revisited a landscape, and a mystery, that it had originally glimpsed more than 10 years earlier.

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Enceladus dramatically displays the contrast between its older and newer terrain as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 36 degrees to the right.
Enceladus dramatically displays the contrast between its older and newer terrain as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 36 degrees to the right.

Enceladus, Old and New

Enceladus dramatically displays the contrast between its older and newer terrain as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 36 degrees to the right.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18347
Added: 2015-12-21

Views: 2749

Enceladus, Old and New

Enceladus dramatically displays the contrast between its older and newer terrain as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 36 degrees to the right.

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Like a cosmic bull's-eye, Enceladus and Tethys line up almost perfectly for NASA's Cassini. Since they are also at relatively similar distances from the spacecraft, their apparent sizes in this image are a good approximation of their relative sizes.
Like a cosmic bull's-eye, Enceladus and Tethys line up almost perfectly for NASA's Cassini. Since they are also at relatively similar distances from the spacecraft, their apparent sizes in this image are a good approximation of their relative sizes.

Bull's-eye Moons

Like a cosmic bull's-eye, Enceladus and Tethys line up almost perfectly for NASA's Cassini. Since they are also at relatively similar distances from the spacecraft, their apparent sizes in this image are a good approximation of their relative sizes.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18349
Added: 2015-12-14

Views: 2322

Bull's-eye Moons

Like a cosmic bull's-eye, Enceladus and Tethys line up almost perfectly for NASA's Cassini. Since they are also at relatively similar distances from the spacecraft, their apparent sizes in this image are a good approximation of their relative sizes.

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Enceladus' famous south polar water jets can be seen just above the moon's dark, southern limb in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Enceladus' famous south polar water jets can be seen just above the moon's dark, southern limb in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Water World

Enceladus' famous south polar water jets can be seen just above the moon's dark, southern limb in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18343
Added: 2015-11-30

Views: 1690

Water World

Enceladus' famous south polar water jets can be seen just above the moon's dark, southern limb in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.
Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.

Departing Enceladus

Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17205
Added: 2015-10-30

Views: 3062

Departing Enceladus

Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.

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During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.
During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.

Enceladus Up-Close

During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17204
Added: 2015-10-30

Views: 6753

Enceladus Up-Close

During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.

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The south polar region of Saturn's active, icy moon Enceladus awaits NASA's Cassini spacecraft in this view, acquired on approach to the mission's deepest-ever dive through the moon's plume of icy spray.
The south polar region of Saturn's active, icy moon Enceladus awaits NASA's Cassini spacecraft in this view, acquired on approach to the mission's deepest-ever dive through the moon's plume of icy spray.

Heading for the South Pole

The south polar region of Saturn's active, icy moon Enceladus awaits NASA's Cassini spacecraft in this view, acquired on approach to the mission's deepest-ever dive through the moon's plume of icy spray.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17203
Added: 2015-10-30

Views: 2210

Heading for the South Pole

The south polar region of Saturn's active, icy moon Enceladus awaits NASA's Cassini spacecraft in this view, acquired on approach to the mission's deepest-ever dive through the moon's plume of icy spray.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it neared icy Enceladus for its closest-ever dive past the moon's active south polar region. The view shows heavily cratered northern latitudes at top, transitioning to fractured, wrinkled terrain.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it neared icy Enceladus for its closest-ever dive past the moon's active south polar region. The view shows heavily cratered northern latitudes at top, transitioning to fractured, wrinkled terrain.

Approaching Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it neared icy Enceladus for its closest-ever dive past the moon's active south polar region. The view shows heavily cratered northern latitudes at top, transitioning to fractured, wrinkled terrain.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17202
Added: 2015-10-30

Views: 2708

Approaching Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it neared icy Enceladus for its closest-ever dive past the moon's active south polar region. The view shows heavily cratered northern latitudes at top, transitioning to fractured, wrinkled terrain.

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This artist's rendering showing a cutaway view into the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus. NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered the moon has a global ocean and likely hydrothermal activity.
This artist's rendering showing a cutaway view into the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus. NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered the moon has a global ocean and likely hydrothermal activity.

Enceladus (Artist Concept)

This artist's rendering showing a cutaway view into the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus. NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered the moon has a global ocean and likely hydrothermal activity.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
ID#: PIA20013
Added: 2015-10-26

Views: 1145

Enceladus (Artist Concept)

This artist's rendering showing a cutaway view into the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus. NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovered the moon has a global ocean and likely hydrothermal activity.

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This frame from a sequence of images, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows changes in the brightness of the Enceladus plume during a 6.5-hour observation.
This frame from a sequence of images, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows changes in the brightness of the Enceladus plume during a 6.5-hour observation.

Changing View of the Enceladus Plume

This frame from a sequence of images, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows changes in the brightness of the Enceladus plume during a 6.5-hour observation.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA17198
Added: 2015-10-26

Views: 706

Changing View of the Enceladus Plume

This frame from a sequence of images, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows changes in the brightness of the Enceladus plume during a 6.5-hour observation.

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Enceladus is a world divided, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The terrain to the north is covered in impact craters, to the south, cratering is much more sparse.
Enceladus is a world divided, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The terrain to the north is covered in impact craters, to the south, cratering is much more sparse.

A Tale of Two Hemispheres

Enceladus is a world divided, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The terrain to the north is covered in impact craters, to the south, cratering is much more sparse.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18340
Added: 2015-10-26

Views: 569

A Tale of Two Hemispheres

Enceladus is a world divided, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The terrain to the north is covered in impact craters, to the south, cratering is much more sparse.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spied this tight trio of craters as it approached Saturn's icy moon Enceladus for a close flyby on Oct. 14, 2015. The craters, located at high northern latitudes, are sliced through by thin fractures.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft spied this tight trio of craters as it approached Saturn's icy moon Enceladus for a close flyby on Oct. 14, 2015. The craters, located at high northern latitudes, are sliced through by thin fractures.

Saturnian Snowman

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spied this tight trio of craters as it approached Saturn's icy moon Enceladus for a close flyby on Oct. 14, 2015. The craters, located at high northern latitudes, are sliced through by thin fractures.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20011
Added: 2015-10-15

Views: 2066

Saturnian Snowman

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spied this tight trio of craters as it approached Saturn's icy moon Enceladus for a close flyby on Oct. 14, 2015. The craters, located at high northern latitudes, are sliced through by thin fractures.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.

Craters Crowd the North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20010
Added: 2015-10-15

Views: 1239

Craters Crowd the North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed by Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 14, 2015, capturing this stunning image of the moon's north pole.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed by Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 14, 2015, capturing this stunning image of the moon's north pole.

A Fractured Pole

NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed by Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 14, 2015, capturing this stunning image of the moon's north pole.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA19660
Added: 2015-10-15

Views: 3441

A Fractured Pole

NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed by Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 14, 2015, capturing this stunning image of the moon's north pole.

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This illustration based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is of the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus showing a global liquid water ocean between its rocky core and icy crust.
This illustration based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is of the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus showing a global liquid water ocean between its rocky core and icy crust.

Global Ocean on Enceladus (Artist's Rendering)

This illustration based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is of the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus showing a global liquid water ocean between its rocky core and icy crust.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
ID#: PIA19656
Added: 2015-09-15

Views: 2532

Global Ocean on Enceladus (Artist's Rendering)

This illustration based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is of the interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus showing a global liquid water ocean between its rocky core and icy crust.

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Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.
Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.

Dark Side of the Moon: Enceladus

Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA18328
Added: 2015-08-24

Views: 1637

Dark Side of the Moon: Enceladus

Enceladus looks as though it is half lit by sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Images like this one are designed to capture the extended plume of icy material spraying from the moon's south polar region.

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Phantom jets in simulated images produced by the scientists line up nicely with some of the features in real images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that appear to be discrete columns of spray.
Phantom jets in simulated images produced by the scientists line up nicely with some of the features in real images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that appear to be discrete columns of spray.

Enceladus Curtains: Comparing Data and Simulation

Phantom jets in simulated images produced by the scientists line up nicely with some of the features in real images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that appear to be discrete columns of spray.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA19061
Added: 2015-05-06

Views: 1996

Enceladus Curtains: Comparing Data and Simulation

Phantom jets in simulated images produced by the scientists line up nicely with some of the features in real images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that appear to be discrete columns of spray.

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This simulation, which begins and ends with a real image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, demonstrates how the appearance of discrete jets could be an optical illusion that varies based on viewing geometry.
This simulation, which begins and ends with a real image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, demonstrates how the appearance of discrete jets could be an optical illusion that varies based on viewing geometry.

Icy Curtain Eruptions on Enceladus Create an Illusion of Discrete Jets (Simulation)

This simulation, which begins and ends with a real image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, demonstrates how the appearance of discrete jets could be an optical illusion that varies based on viewing geometry.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA19060
Added: 2015-05-06

Views: 1089

Icy Curtain Eruptions on Enceladus Create an Illusion of Discrete Jets (Simulation)

This simulation, which begins and ends with a real image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, demonstrates how the appearance of discrete jets could be an optical illusion that varies based on viewing geometry.

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This graphic plots the source locations of geysers scientists have located on Enceladus' south polar terrain, with the 36 most active geyser sources marked and color coded by the behavior of the grains erupting from the geysers.
This graphic plots the source locations of geysers scientists have located on Enceladus' south polar terrain, with the 36 most active geyser sources marked and color coded by the behavior of the grains erupting from the geysers.

Tendril-producing Geysers on Enceladus' South Polar Terrain

This graphic plots the source locations of geysers scientists have located on Enceladus' south polar terrain, with the 36 most active geyser sources marked and color coded by the behavior of the grains erupting from the geysers.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
ID#: PIA17192
Added: 2015-04-14

Views: 2442

Tendril-producing Geysers on Enceladus' South Polar Terrain

This graphic plots the source locations of geysers scientists have located on Enceladus' south polar terrain, with the 36 most active geyser sources marked and color coded by the behavior of the grains erupting from the geysers.

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This collage of NASA's Cassini spacecraft images and computer simulations shows how long, sinuous features from Enceladus can be modeled by tracing the trajectories of tiny, icy grains ejected from the moon's south polar geysers.
This collage of NASA's Cassini spacecraft images and computer simulations shows how long, sinuous features from Enceladus can be modeled by tracing the trajectories of tiny, icy grains ejected from the moon's south polar geysers.

Simulations of the Tendrils

This collage of NASA's Cassini spacecraft images and computer simulations shows how long, sinuous features from Enceladus can be modeled by tracing the trajectories of tiny, icy grains ejected from the moon's south polar geysers.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA17191
Added: 2015-04-14

Views: 1834

Simulations of the Tendrils

This collage of NASA's Cassini spacecraft images and computer simulations shows how long, sinuous features from Enceladus can be modeled by tracing the trajectories of tiny, icy grains ejected from the moon's south polar geysers.

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