Saturn's massive atmosphere appears poised to crush little Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) in this image. Many fascinating details are visible in the gas planet's sinuous bands, such as a giant, eye-shaped storm that circles the south pole.
The image was taken in visible blue light with the narrow angle camera on October 12, 2004, from a distance of about 5.3 million kilometers (3.3 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun- Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 68 degrees. The image scale is 31 kilometers (19 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.