CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Enceladus at Close Range

During the very close flyby of Enceladus two weeks ago, multiple Cassini instruments, working simultaneously, made the remarkable discovery that heat and water vapor are escaping from the interior along the prominent “tiger stripe” fractures near the moon’s south pole.

Jul 29, 2005: Warm Fractures on Enceladus - This image shows the warmest places in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Jul 26, 2005: Zooming In On Enceladus - As it swooped past the south pole of Enceladus on July 14, 2005, Cassini acquired increasingly high resolution views of this puzzling ice world that have been combined into this exciting movie sequence.
Jul 26, 2005: Zooming In On Enceladus - As it swooped past the south pole of Enceladus on July 14, 2005, Cassini acquired increasingly high resolution views of this puzzling ice world that have been combined into this exciting movie sequence.
Jul 26, 2005: Enceladus In False Color - As Cassini approached the intriguing ice world of Enceladus for its extremely close flyby on July 14, 2005, the spacecraft obtained images in several wavelengths that were used to create this false-color composite view.
Jul 26, 2005: Tiger Stripes Up Close - This close-up view of Enceladus looks toward the moon’s terminator (the transition from day to night) and shows a distinctive pattern of continuous, ridged, slightly curved and roughly parallel faults within the moon’s southern polar latitudes.
Jul 26, 2005: Craters and Cracks - This dramatic scene from Cassini illustrates an array of processes on a once geologically active world.
Jul 26, 2005: Boulder Strewn Surface - The tortured southern polar terrain of Enceladus appears strewn with great boulders of ice in these two fantastic views – the highest resolution images thus far obtained by Cassini on any world.

Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #1 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #2 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #3 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #4 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #5 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #6 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #7 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #8 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #9 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘11EN’ Flyby Raw Preview #10 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's close approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘E11’ Flyby Raw Preview #11 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's closest approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘E11’ Flyby Raw Preview #12 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's closest approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.
Jul 15, 2005: Enceladus ‘E11’ Flyby Raw Preview #13 - This unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's closest approach to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.

Jul 14, 2005: Closer to Enceladus - This map of the surface of Enceladus illustrates the regions that will be imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its planned very close flyby on July 14, 2005.

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