CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Scars on an Active World

This nearly equatorial view shows cratered regions on Enceladus in the central part of its leading hemisphere and high northern latitudes. Much of the rest of the geologically active moon is relatively crater free and covered by fractures and folds.

North on Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) is up.

The image was taken in polarized green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 28, 2007 at a distance of approximately 293,000 kilometers (182,000 miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) 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: August 10, 2007 (PIA 09003)
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  Scars on an Active World
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