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This updated mosaic of the southern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus has been constructed from the many high-resolution images (less than 1 kilometer per pixel, or 0.6 mile per pixel) acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, imaging science sub-system during four close targeted flybys of Enceladus in March, August and October 2008.
Crater Salih, which defines the longitude system of Enceladus, was observed with high resolution during the March 2008 close flyby, allowing improvement in the mosaic's longitude system. The global mosaic has been shifted 3.5 degrees to the west to be consistent with the longitude definition given by the International Astronomical Union. For the Enceladus image atlas (see PIA 08419).
The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.