CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Enceladus Rev 91 Flyby - Skeet Shoot #1

This Cassini image was the first and highest resolution 'skeet shoot' narrow angle image captured during the October 31st flyby of Enceladus.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on October 31, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1691 kilometers (1056 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 78 degrees. Image scale is 9 meters (30 feet).

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 2, 2009 (PIA 11124)
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  Enceladus Rev 91 Flyby - Skeet Shoot #1
PIA 11124

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Alliance Member Comments
Mercury_3488 (Nov 1, 2008 at 6:06 PM):
Love it, love it, love it.

Very well done indeed. I knew you did it & this is the proof in the pudding.

It really looks like as if the ice is slightly compressed forming the low ridges & some how many ice boulders are present. How come they are on top of the ridges seems mysterious.

I am aware that boulders can form due to grinding within lateral faulting, impact ejecta, etc, but these seem out of place????

Or perhaps the narrow fractures running across the ridges are enough?

Andrew Brown.