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This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.
This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.

What Lies Beneath: Regional View (Artist's Concept)

This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
ID#: PIA17190
Added: 2014-07-28

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What Lies Beneath: Regional View (Artist's Concept)

This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.

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This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.
This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.

What Lies Beneath: Close Up View (Artist's Concept)

This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
ID#: PIA17189
Added: 2014-07-28

Views: 1410

What Lies Beneath: Close Up View (Artist's Concept)

This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.

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On this polar stereographic map of Enceladus' south polar terrain, all 100 geysers have been plotted whose source locations have been determined in NASA's Cassini's imaging survey of the moon's geyser basin.
On this polar stereographic map of Enceladus' south polar terrain, all 100 geysers have been plotted whose source locations have been determined in NASA's Cassini's imaging survey of the moon's geyser basin.

Surveyor's Map of Enceladus' Geyser Basin

On this polar stereographic map of Enceladus' south polar terrain, all 100 geysers have been plotted whose source locations have been determined in NASA's Cassini's imaging survey of the moon's geyser basin.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA17188
Added: 2014-07-28

Views: 433

Surveyor's Map of Enceladus' Geyser Basin

On this polar stereographic map of Enceladus' south polar terrain, all 100 geysers have been plotted whose source locations have been determined in NASA's Cassini's imaging survey of the moon's geyser basin.

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This plot shows the variation in brightness of the plume of material, composed of all the geysers erupting from the south polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as a function of the moon's orbital position around Saturn.
This plot shows the variation in brightness of the plume of material, composed of all the geysers erupting from the south polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as a function of the moon's orbital position around Saturn.

Enceladus' Plume Brightness Variations

This plot shows the variation in brightness of the plume of material, composed of all the geysers erupting from the south polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as a function of the moon's orbital position around Saturn.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem, Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17187
Added: 2014-07-28

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Enceladus' Plume Brightness Variations

This plot shows the variation in brightness of the plume of material, composed of all the geysers erupting from the south polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as a function of the moon's orbital position around Saturn.

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This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.

Geyser Basin in 3-D

This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
ID#: PIA17186
Added: 2014-07-28

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Geyser Basin in 3-D

This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus, was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus, was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole.

Encroaching Shadow

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus, was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17184
Added: 2014-07-28

Views: 612

Encroaching Shadow

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus, was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole.

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This dramatic view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.
This dramatic view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.

Elevated View of Enceladus' South Pole

This dramatic view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17183
Added: 2014-07-28

Views: 2139

Elevated View of Enceladus' South Pole

This dramatic view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.

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Gravity measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which has jets of water vapor and ice gushing from its south pole, also harbors a large interior ocean beneath an ice shell.
Gravity measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which has jets of water vapor and ice gushing from its south pole, also harbors a large interior ocean beneath an ice shell.

Ocean Inside Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Gravity measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which has jets of water vapor and ice gushing from its south pole, also harbors a large interior ocean beneath an ice shell.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens, Deep Space Network (DSN)
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA18071
Added: 2014-04-03

Views: 4194

Ocean Inside Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Gravity measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which has jets of water vapor and ice gushing from its south pole, also harbors a large interior ocean beneath an ice shell.

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Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

A Snowball in Space

Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17182
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2882

A Snowball in Space

Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

Frozen in Time

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17181
Added: 2013-12-23

Views: 2697

Frozen in Time

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus. The Saturnian moon is covered in ice that reflects sunlight similar to freshly fallen snow, making Enceladus one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.

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Enceladus's unusual plume is only easily visible when NASA's Cassini spacecraft and the Sun are on opposite sides of Enceladus. So what's lighting up the moon then? It's light reflected off Saturn.
Enceladus's unusual plume is only easily visible when NASA's Cassini spacecraft and the Sun are on opposite sides of Enceladus. So what's lighting up the moon then? It's light reflected off Saturn.

By the Pale Saturn-light

Enceladus's unusual plume is only easily visible when NASA's Cassini spacecraft and the Sun are on opposite sides of Enceladus. So what's lighting up the moon then? It's light reflected off Saturn.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17129
Added: 2013-09-23

Views: 1756

By the Pale Saturn-light

Enceladus's unusual plume is only easily visible when NASA's Cassini spacecraft and the Sun are on opposite sides of Enceladus. So what's lighting up the moon then? It's light reflected off Saturn.

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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows how the gravitational pull of Saturn affects the amount of spray coming from jets at the active moon Enceladus.
This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows how the gravitational pull of Saturn affects the amount of spray coming from jets at the active moon Enceladus.

Squeezing and Releasing Enceladus

This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows how the gravitational pull of Saturn affects the amount of spray coming from jets at the active moon Enceladus.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17040
Added: 2013-07-31

Views: 2748

Squeezing and Releasing Enceladus

This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows how the gravitational pull of Saturn affects the amount of spray coming from jets at the active moon Enceladus.

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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the difference in the amount of spray emanating from Saturn's moon Enceladus.
This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the difference in the amount of spray emanating from Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Enceladus 'On' and 'Off'

This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the difference in the amount of spray emanating from Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17039
Added: 2013-07-31

Views: 1421

Enceladus 'On' and 'Off'

This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the difference in the amount of spray emanating from Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Crescent Enceladus

Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17121
Added: 2013-07-29

Views: 1493

Crescent Enceladus

Evoking the haunting beauty of Earth's Moon, a crescent Enceladus appears in the skies around Saturn in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to NASA's Cassini spacecraft's cameras. Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.
Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to NASA's Cassini spacecraft's cameras. Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.

Beautiful Plumage

Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to NASA's Cassini spacecraft's cameras. Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.

Target: Enceladus
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14658
Added: 2013-04-29

Views: 1581

Beautiful Plumage

Like a proud peacock displaying its tail, Enceladus shows off its beautiful plume to NASA's Cassini spacecraft's cameras. Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across) is seen here illuminated by light reflected off Saturn.

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The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.
The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.

Enceladus Polar Maps - December 2011

The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA14940
Added: 2013-04-11

Views: 1320

Enceladus Polar Maps - December 2011

The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.

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The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.
The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.

Enceladus Polar Maps - December 2011

The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA14939
Added: 2013-04-11

Views: 1484

Enceladus Polar Maps - December 2011

The northern and southern hemispheres of Enceladus are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available NASA Cassini clear-filter images.

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This mosaic shows an updated global map of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, created using images taken during flybys of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The map incorporates new images taken during flybys in December 2011.
This mosaic shows an updated global map of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, created using images taken during flybys of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The map incorporates new images taken during flybys in December 2011.

Map of Enceladus - December 2011

This mosaic shows an updated global map of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, created using images taken during flybys of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The map incorporates new images taken during flybys in December 2011.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
ID#: PIA14937
Added: 2013-04-11

Views: 1855

Map of Enceladus - December 2011

This mosaic shows an updated global map of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, created using images taken during flybys of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The map incorporates new images taken during flybys in December 2011.

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As the long winter night deepens at Enceladus' south pole, its jets are also progressively falling into darkness in this image observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
As the long winter night deepens at Enceladus' south pole, its jets are also progressively falling into darkness in this image observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Sunset on the Jets

As the long winter night deepens at Enceladus' south pole, its jets are also progressively falling into darkness in this image observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14642
Added: 2013-01-07

Views: 2322

Sunset on the Jets

As the long winter night deepens at Enceladus' south pole, its jets are also progressively falling into darkness in this image observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's moon Enceladus is partially eclipsed by the planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft which also features the moon Titan in the distance.
Saturn's moon Enceladus is partially eclipsed by the planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft which also features the moon Titan in the distance.

Eclipsing a Moon

Saturn's moon Enceladus is partially eclipsed by the planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft which also features the moon Titan in the distance.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA14617
Added: 2012-07-16

Views: 2712

Eclipsing a Moon

Saturn's moon Enceladus is partially eclipsed by the planet in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft which also features the moon Titan in the distance.

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The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn's rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance. Jets of water ice and vapor emanating from the south pole of Enceladus (hinting at subsurface sea rich in organics).
The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn's rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance. Jets of water ice and vapor emanating from the south pole of Enceladus (hinting at subsurface sea rich in organics).

The Tale Continues...

The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn's rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance. Jets of water ice and vapor emanating from the south pole of Enceladus (hinting at subsurface sea rich in organics).

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14604
Added: 2012-04-16

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The Tale Continues...

The brightly reflective moon Enceladus appears before Saturn's rings while the larger moon Titan looms in the distance. Jets of water ice and vapor emanating from the south pole of Enceladus (hinting at subsurface sea rich in organics).

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Below a darkened Enceladus, a plume of water ice is backlit in this view of one of Saturn's most dramatic moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Below a darkened Enceladus, a plume of water ice is backlit in this view of one of Saturn's most dramatic moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Dark Moon, Dramatic Plume

Below a darkened Enceladus, a plume of water ice is backlit in this view of one of Saturn's most dramatic moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14599
Added: 2012-03-12

Views: 3216

Dark Moon, Dramatic Plume

Below a darkened Enceladus, a plume of water ice is backlit in this view of one of Saturn's most dramatic moons. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturn's rings in this view of the moon from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The famed jets of water ice emanating from the south polar region of the moon are faintly visible here.
A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturn's rings in this view of the moon from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The famed jets of water ice emanating from the south polar region of the moon are faintly visible here.

Rings and Enceladus

A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturn's rings in this view of the moon from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The famed jets of water ice emanating from the south polar region of the moon are faintly visible here.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14594
Added: 2012-02-06

Views: 3182

Rings and Enceladus

A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturn's rings in this view of the moon from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The famed jets of water ice emanating from the south polar region of the moon are faintly visible here.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks at a brightly illuminated Enceladus and examines the surface of the leading hemisphere of this Saturnian moon.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks at a brightly illuminated Enceladus and examines the surface of the leading hemisphere of this Saturnian moon.

Brilliant Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks at a brightly illuminated Enceladus and examines the surface of the leading hemisphere of this Saturnian moon.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA14588
Added: 2011-12-26

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Brilliant Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks at a brightly illuminated Enceladus and examines the surface of the leading hemisphere of this Saturnian moon.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this view of the south polar area of Saturn's moon Enceladus in visible and near-visible (ultraviolet and infrared) light and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR).
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this view of the south polar area of Saturn's moon Enceladus in visible and near-visible (ultraviolet and infrared) light and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR).

Southern Enceladus in Radar View

NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this view of the south polar area of Saturn's moon Enceladus in visible and near-visible (ultraviolet and infrared) light and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR).

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR)
ID#: PIA15172
Added: 2011-12-01

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Southern Enceladus in Radar View

NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this view of the south polar area of Saturn's moon Enceladus in visible and near-visible (ultraviolet and infrared) light and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR).

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