This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken by Cassini on Nov. 1, 2009.
The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 1, 2009 at a distance of approximately 14,000 kilometers (8,700 miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is 170 meters (560 feet) 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.