CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Stressed-out Enceladus

This high resolution stereo anaglyph of Enceladus shows a region of craters that has been both softened by time and torn apart by tectonic stresses. Fractures 100 to 400 meters (330 to 1,300 feet) in width cross-cut the terrain: one set trends northeast-southwest and another trends northwest-southeast. A region of "grooved terrain" is visible at left, and a broad canyon, its floor partly concealed by shadow, is notable near right.

The anaglyph has been rotated so that north on Enceladus is up.

The images for this anaglyph were taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera from distances ranging from about 25,700 kilometers (16,000 miles, red-colored image) to 5,200 kilometers (3,300 miles, blue-colored image) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle ranging from 46 to 39 degrees. Pixel scale in the red image was 150 meters (490 feet) per pixel; scale in the blue image was 30 meters (100 feet) per pixel.

A separate, non-stereo version of the scene, showing only the red image is included for comparison. The images have been contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.

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: March 24, 2005 (PIA 06212, 06213)
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  Stressed-out Enceladus
PIA 06212

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Stressed-out Enceladus
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