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Intriguing Enceladus

Intriguing Enceladus
PIA 06531

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  This Cassini view of Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across) hints at the curvilinear, groove-like features that crisscross the moon's surface, as seen in Voyager images. Several round markings are visible along the lower left edge, suggesting craters.

The image shows the trailing hemisphere of Enceladus, which is the side opposite the moon's direction of motion in its orbit.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on October 27, 2004, from a distance of about 766,000 kilometers (476,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 34 degrees. The image scale is 4.6 kilometers (2.8 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: November 29, 2004 (PIA 06531)
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