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Enceladus 'Rev 142' Raw Preview #1

Enceladus 'Rev 142' Raw Preview #1
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on December 20, 2010 and received on Earth December 21, 2010. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 157919 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters. The image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the Planetary Data System in 2011.

The Cassini Solstice 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: December 21, 2010
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Alliance Member Comments
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Dec 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM):
Iapetus Monolith: For the answer, read my article in December 2008 edition of Sci American. (Article can be found here: , Look under 2008 for Porco, C. "The Restless World of Enceladus", etc..)
Iapetus Monolith (Dec 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM):
What's the current thinking on why Enceladus is only spewing ice particles from fissures near the south pole? What makes this area unique?