CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Sliver of Enceladus

Sliver of Enceladus
PIA 12770

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  Cassini captures a crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

See PIA11688 and PIA11685 to learn about this moon and the spectacular water ice plumes emanating from its south polar region.

Lit terrain seen here is in the area between the leading hemisphere and Saturn-facing side of Enceladus (504 kilometers, 313 miles across). North on Enceladus is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 10, 2011. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 259,000 kilometers (161,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 125 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (5,082 feet) per pixel.

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: June 13, 2011 (PIA 12770)
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