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Enceladus '61EN' Flyby Raw Preview #2

Enceladus '61EN' Flyby Raw Preview #2
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  This raw, unprocessed image was taken during Cassini's very close approach to Enceladus on March 12, 2008.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 12, 2008 a distance of approximately 14,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is 2 kilometers (5,237 feet) 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: March 13, 2008
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Alliance Member Comments
Mercury_3488 (Mar 14, 2008 at 6:53 AM):
Cheers anne v.

Yes the left hand 'crescent' lit by Rhea & the right hand 'crescent' lit by Tethys & Dione are quite easy to see, despite the bright 'gibbous' from sunlight reflected of Saturn's rings. So clearly Enceladus is still being lit by reflected sunlight from several objects within the Saturn system & the double northern horns of the opposing crescents is interesting. Really quite eerie & alien.

On a few of the raw images are showing the eclipsed Enceladus in front of the trailed stars of the Camelopardalis / Ursa Minor border, whilst Cassini tracked the eclipsed ice covered moon.

Absolutely fantastic stuff.

Andrew Brown.
anne v (Mar 13, 2008 at 9:56 PM):
Yes, this image was obtained while Enceladus was indeed in eclipse, illuminated by sunlight reflected first from Saturn's rings then onto the planet and finally onto the moon. Portions of Enceladus are also lit by scattered light from nearby Tethys, Dione, and Rhea, although not as brightly as by Saturn's reflected ringshine.
Mercury_3488 (Mar 13, 2008 at 5:33 PM):
Is it true that this image was obtained whilst Enceladus was in eclipse by Saturn's shadow & Enceladus was illuminated by reflected light from Saturn's rings?

Andrew Brown.