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Enceladus 'Rev 154' Raw Preview #1
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Enceladus 'Rev 154' Raw Preview #1
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 1, 2011 and received on Earth October 2, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 73079 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the RED and CL2 filters. The image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the Planetary Data System in 2012.

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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: October 3, 2011
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Alliance Member Comments
Wayworld (Oct 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM):
Not too bad. I wonder: why the pictures aren't in colour? Are the faint lines of force seen in the picture a visible feature or an artifact of processing (or of not being processed)?
bruno.thiery (Oct 9, 2011 at 3:24 AM):
Strange and beautiful.

The fountains seem suspended, like if they were not connected to the black disk of the surface. Is this the effect of Enceladus casting its shadow on the basis of the geysers?

And another question: do these jets "propel" - even slightly - Enceladus, and distort its orbit the tiniest bit? Being located in one specific spot and not compensated by other effects, on a very long period?
Or do these fractures and jets randomly migrate anyway, so their tiny effects - if any - is also randomised on the long run?
jsc248 (Oct 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM):
An absolutely awesome image. Just look at the detail in the individual "fountains" Just the place to take cosmic shower, albeit an extremely cold one!!

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