PIA03551: Tiger Stripes are Cubs

Tiger Stripes are Cubs


This visual and infrared mapping spectrometer image of Saturn's moon Enceladus (in the 2 micron-wavelength) shows the dark cracks at the south pole dubbed "tiger stripes" for their distinct stripe-like appearance.

Superimposed on top of the map is a "crystallinity" map that shows the freshest, most crystal ice as blue. The crystalline ice is most prominent in the tiger stripes region.

This image was taken during Cassini's close flyby of Enceladus on July 14, 2005.

Background Info:

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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team is based at the University of Arizona.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team homepage is at http://wwwvims.lpl.arizona.edu .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Enceladus
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)
Extra Keywords Color, Infrared, Map
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2005-08-30
Date in Caption 2005-07-14
Image Credit NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03551
Identifier PIA03551