CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Ice Fountains

Ice Fountains
PIA 08336

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  Multiple jets of icy particles are blasted into space by the active venting on Enceladus.

This view was acquired in a viewing geometry that makes the tiny particles in the Enceladus plume easy to see.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 18, 2006 at a distance of approximately 930,000 kilometers (578,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 154 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (3 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: December 29, 2006 (PIA 08336)
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