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Enceladus 'Rev 153' Raw Preview #1

Enceladus 'Rev 153' Raw Preview #1
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  This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on September 13, 2011 and received on Earth September 15, 2011. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 270776 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and BL1 filters. The image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the Planetary Data System in 2012.

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: September 16, 2011
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Alliance Member Comments
carolyn (CICLOPS) (Sep 26, 2011 at 2:14 PM):
libbydaddy: We are not JPL folks. We are under contract to NASA/JPL, but don't work for JPL. We are independent.
libbydaddy (Sep 25, 2011 at 10:27 PM):
These images are always awesome but this is one them that is particularly intriguing. Great angle; these JPL folks are great photographers.
stowaway (Sep 21, 2011 at 8:15 AM):
Open the pod bay doors Hal. I'm hearing that music again!
Robert (Sep 20, 2011 at 4:47 AM):
According to JPL's Solar System Simulator, Enceladus is closest to the rings. The other moon is Tethys. In this raw image, South is up.
Iapetus Monolith (Sep 19, 2011 at 6:29 AM):
A Kubrick coefficient approaching 1.0
Iapetus Monolith (Sep 19, 2011 at 6:27 AM):
Love the alignment! What's the other moon?