CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Enceladus Oct. 9, 2008 Flyby - Posted Image #1

Enceladus Oct. 9, 2008 Flyby - Posted Image #1
PIA 11119

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  This image was taken during Cassini's extremely close encounter with Enceladus on Oct. 9, 2008.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 9, 2008 a distance of approximately 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is 477 meters (1,566 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 10, 2008 (PIA 11119)
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Alliance Member Comments
Red_dragon (Oct 10, 2008 at 2:52 PM):
Excellent work!. Another great milestone for that mythical spacecraft that's Cassini. This day of nerves wondering if everything had gone well has been rewarded. Now, it's time to analyze those hot data coming from a world so cool.
Navigators, set a new course to Enceladus, so the CICLOPS team can practice skeet-shooting the last day of this month :)