Cassini continues seeking the plumes of Enceladus in this raw, unprocessed image taken at high phase angle (the Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft angle), which is the best viewing geometry for imaging the icy jets of material.
The image was taken with the narrow angle camera from a distance of approximately 1.3037 million kilometers (810,100 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 160 degrees. Resolution in the image is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) 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.