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Living Moon

Living Moon
PIA 08258

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  Enceladus continues to exhale water ice into Saturn orbit, keeping the E ring topped off with tiny particles.

Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) is a source of much interest for planetary scientists, being nearly seven times smaller than Earth's own moon, yet having active geology that appears to involve near-surface liquid water.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 11, 2006 at a distance of approximately 2.2 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 164 degrees. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel.

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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: September 4, 2006 (PIA 08258)
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