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Mapping Enceladus and Tethys

Thanks to Cassini's continued mapping of the surfaces of Saturn's moons, Cassini scientists have uncovered higher-than-expected temperatures along Enceladus' famous south polar tiger stripe fractures just as the south polar cap is entering winter darkness, and have released a new map of the moon Tethys. (News release can be found here.)

Nov 30, 2010: Hot and Narrow Tiger Stripe - Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have enabled scientists to make the highest-resolution heat intensity maps yet for the hottest part of a "tiger stripe" fissure on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Nov 30, 2010: Tiger Stripe Split Ends - This image shows a high-resolution heat intensity map of part of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Nov 30, 2010: Looming Enceladus - Small water ice particles fly from fissures in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image taken during the Aug. 13, 2010, flyby of the moon by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Nov 30, 2010: Before Saturn's Limb - Jets of water ice particles spew from Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 13, 2010.
Nov 30, 2010: Geology on Tethys - Geologic faults among craters on Saturn's moon Tethys are depicted in this image captured during a flyby of the moon by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 14, 2010.
Nov 30, 2010: Map of Tethys - August 2010 - This global map of Saturn's moon Tethys was created using images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Nov 30, 2010: Tethys Polar Maps - August 2010 - The northern and southern hemispheres of Tethys are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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