CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Forest of Jets

Cassini's close flyby of Enceladus last Nov. 21 revealed a forest of new jets spraying from the prominent fractures crossing the south polar region and yielded the most detailed temperature map to date. (News release can be found here.)

Feb 23, 2010: Bursting at the Seams - Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice out from many locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Feb 23, 2010: Enceladus' Warm Baghdad Sulcus - In this unique mosaic image combining high-resolution data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft, pockets of heat appear along one of the mysterious fractures in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Feb 23, 2010: Context for Baghdad Sulcus Mosaic - This wide-angle image shows the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus and outlines the area covered by the high-resolution mosaic combining data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft (PIA11696).
Feb 23, 2010: Zooming in on Heat at Baghdad Sulcus - The right-hand image shows a dramatically improved view of heat radiation from a warm fissure near the south pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
Feb 23, 2010: Baghdad Sulcus in 3-D - This anaglyph made from images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a dramatic, 3-D view of one of the deep fractures nicknamed "tiger stripes" on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Feb 23, 2010: Peaceful Portrait - At first glance this scene simply shows, hanging in the top right, the bright crescent of Enceladus composed against the stability of its parent planet resting in the bottom left.
Feb 23, 2010: Enceladus' Leading Hemisphere - NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a new view of Saturn's moon Enceladus in a whole-disk mosaic of the geologically active moon's leading, or western, hemisphere.
Feb 23, 2010: New to Old on Enceladus - This mosaic features the highest resolution data yet captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the leading, or western, hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Feb 23, 2010: Enceladan Tectonics - This mosaic shows extraordinary details of tectonic deformation in the fractured south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, where jets of water ice spray outward to form Saturn's E ring.

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