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Cassini surveys the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image which shows newly created terrain in the upper right meeting older, cratered terrain in the lower left.
This view is centered on terrain at 6 degrees south latitude, 160 degrees west longitude. For a closer view of the surface of Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across), see PIA11685.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 21, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 25,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 14 degrees. Image scale is 148 meters (484 feet) per pixel.
The Cassini Solstice 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.