CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Enceladus Rev 155 Raw Preview

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's moon Enceladus were taken on Oct. 19, 2011.

As the spacecraft passed Enceladus, its infrared instruments, cameras and other instruments monitored activity on the moon, in particular the famed jets erupting from the moon's south pole. The orbiter flew within about 765 miles (1,230 kilometers) of Enceladus' surface.

Oct 19, 2011: Enceladus 'Rev 155' Raw Preview #1 - This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 19, 2011 and received on Earth October 19, 2011.
Oct 19, 2011: Enceladus 'Rev 155' Raw Preview #2 - This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 19, 2011 and received on Earth October 19, 2011.
Oct 19, 2011: Enceladus 'Rev 155' Raw Preview #3 - This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 19, 2011 and received on Earth October 19, 2011.
Oct 19, 2011: Enceladus 'Rev 155' Raw Preview #4 - This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 19, 2011 and received on Earth October 19, 2011.
Oct 19, 2011: Enceladus 'Rev 155' Raw Preview #5 - This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 19, 2011 and received on Earth October 19, 2011.
Oct 19, 2011: Enceladus 'Rev 155' Raw Preview #6 - This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 19, 2011 and received on Earth October 19, 2011.
Oct 19, 2011: Enceladus 'Rev 155' Raw Preview #7 - This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on October 19, 2011 and received on Earth October 19, 2011.
Alliance Member Comments
Wayworld (Oct 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM):
dholmes, Very good comment! I've been fascinated with the point of view thing for some time, Macro, Micro, Albedo, Wavelengths, Resolution. It's amazing what information can be found in seemingly small packages.
Thanks for the pictures! Are there any color pictures available?
dholmes (Oct 20, 2011 at 6:00 AM):
That may be true mhovland as in your example of serpentinization, but if you study the history of science and discovery in general you will notice that there are many pieces to the puzzle of "what's out there". Forgive this simple analogy but allow me to mention the following. Say for instance you are at the beach and you are standing on the shore looking out. You see nothing but a flat blue lifeless horizon of ocean. No signs of life anywhere. A friend comes along and invites you to go with him on a plane ride up the coast. Now you are flying over the same beach looking down, and you notice something. Less than 50 yards from where you were standing is a school of mullet being chased by 5 or 6 large Tiger sharks that moments before you never knew were there. That is basically one of the principles of discovery. Its all a matter of changing one's point of view.
mhovland (Oct 19, 2011 at 11:48 PM):
So sorry for dissappointing you believers in organisms for the development of the observed gas jets from Enceladus. However, there are many different processes also operating on Earth that produce abundant CO2, H2, or Methane, CH4. These are inorganic substances that are produced by the earth and other underground processes involving water and rock at elevated temperatures. One of the most important such process is serpentinization, that produzes abundant amounts of these common elements.
Lee (Oct 19, 2011 at 10:51 PM):
Dear team,

Congratulations!

Very, very well done!

Lee in St. Paul

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