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Differently Aged Terrain
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Cassini examines old and new terrain on Saturn's fascinating Enceladus, a moon where jets of water ice particles and vapor spew from the south pole.

Newly created terrain is at the bottom, in the center and on the left of this view. Older, cratered terrain is on the right. See PIA11685 to learn more. This image was captured during Cassini's Nov. 21, 2009, flyby of the moon. This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across). North on Enceladus is up and rotated 3 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 133,000 kilometers (83,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 46 degrees. Image scale is 796 meters (2,611 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: July 9, 2010 (PIA 12673)
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  Differently Aged Terrain
PIA 12673

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