This raw, unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Enceladus on March 12, 2008.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 12, 2008 a distance of approximately 30,000 kilometers (18,000 miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is 176 meters (578 feet) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.