This map of the surface of Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) illustrates the regions that will be imaged by Cassini during the spacecraft's second very close flyby of the moon on March 9, 2005. At closest approach, the spacecraft is expected to pass approximately 500 kilometers (310 miles) above the moon's surface.
The colored lines delineate the regions that will be imaged at differing resolutions, listed in the legend at bottom.
The new high-resolution coverage will reveal details on the anti-Saturn facing hemisphere of Enceladus, which is the transition region between the moon's leading and trailing hemispheres.
A high-resolution mosaic, produced following Cassini's previous close Enceladus flyby, showed that areas that appeared to be relatively smooth in Voyager images actually are heavily wrinkled and fractured. This upcoming flyby should reveal new details that are just as intriguing.
The map was made from images obtained by both the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft. The Cassini images used here include data acquired during the previous flyby on February 17, 2005.
[Caption updated on 1/6/06]
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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.