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Enceladus "Rev 121" Flyby Raw Preview #9

Enceladus "Rev 121" Flyby Raw Preview #9
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken by Cassini on Nov. 21, 2009.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 21, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) from Enceladus. Image scale is approximately 55 meters (182 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: November 21, 2009
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Alliance Member Comments
enceladus5 (Feb 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM):
I wonder by studying the faults and fissures on Enceladus, could we learn more about the behavior of mid-ocean ridges and plate boundaries on our own planet?
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Nov 24, 2009 at 3:24 AM):
( A side note: The very important rift valley at the top of the image is showing complicated features of spreading of Enceladan crust, I suppose. )