Cassini takes a close view of some of the southern terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, where newly created terrain is on display.
See PIA11685 for a mosaic of this geologically active moon's leading hemisphere that shows the more recently created terrain of the south polar region meeting older, crater-filled terrain farther north. The area shown here is between the leading hemisphere and Saturn-facing side of Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across). This view is centered on terrain at 35 degrees south latitude, 45 degrees west longitude. North is up.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 13, 2011. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 42,000 kilometers (26,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 52 degrees. Image scale is 253 meters (830 feet) per pixel.
The Cassini Solstice 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.