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Speck of Enceladus
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Speck of Enceladus
PIA 12658

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  Nearly invisible upon first glance, Saturn's moon Enceladus is a small bright dot beyond the planet's rings in this Cassini image.

Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) is visible above the rings to the left of the center of the image. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible red light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 28, 2009. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 102 degrees. Image scale is 142 kilometers (88 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: June 18, 2010 (Happy 68th Birthday, Paul) (PIA 12658)
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