CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Youthful Wrinkles

During a distant flyby encounter with Enceladus, Cassini imaged the moon's wrinkled leading hemisphere. At the scale visible here, this region of the surface is generally devoid of impact craters, suggesting that the terrain has been modified and renewed during the moon's history.

To the north lies a heavily cratered and presumably older region. The sinuous boundary of the geologically active south polar region is seen at bottom.

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

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 30, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 108,000 kilometers (67,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 75 degrees. Image scale is 644 meters (2,111 feet) per pixel.

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: October 3, 2008 (PIA 10483)
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  Youthful Wrinkles
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Alliance Member Comments
Ed Rolko (Oct 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM):
Wrinkles in different directions, wrinkles that curve, a boundary by the craters, how can that be ??? I get fired up by images like this.