CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Enceladus Up-Close

During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below. This view has been processed to remove slight smearing present in the original, unprocessed image that was caused by the spacecraft's fast motion.

A labeled version of this image includes a scale bar.

This view is centered on terrain at 53.5 degrees south latitude, 322.5 degrees west longitude. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Oct. 28, 2015.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 77 miles (124 kilometers) from Enceladus. Image scale is 52 feet (16 meters) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/SSI
Released: October 30, 2015 (PIA 17204)
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  Enceladus Up-Close
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Alliance Member Comments
Mercury_3488 (Nov 4, 2015 at 12:21 PM):
Absolutely astonishing imagery. Really enjoyed the E20 images too of the north polar region too.

On image: is that a crescent Epimetheus to the lower right?

Andrew R Brown.