PIA12765: Scanning Enceladus' Surface

Scanning Enceladus’ Surface


The Cassini spacecraft surveys the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image, which shows newly created terrain in the upper right meeting older, cratered terrain in the lower left.

This view is centered on terrain at 5 degrees south latitude, 200 degrees west longitude. For a closer view of the surface of Enceladus (504 kilometers, or 313 miles across), see PIA11685 .

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 21, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 25,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 14 degrees. Image scale is 148 meters (486 feet) per pixel.

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 and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/ . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Enceladus Saturn, Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Satellite Planet, Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2011-05-09
Date in Caption 2010-12-21
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA12765
Identifier PIA12765