Cassini looks toward the varied surface of the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
North on Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) is up. For a more detailed view of this hemisphere, see PIA08353.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 25, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 594,000 kilometers (369,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 66 degrees. Image scale is 4 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.
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.