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Fountains of Enceladus November 29, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Cassini, Enceladus, JPL, NASA, Saturn, Space Fotos.
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Fountains of Enceladus

Target Name: Enceladus
Is a satellite of: Saturn
Mission: Cassini
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem – Narrow Angle
Product Size: 1019 samples x 863 lines
Produced By: Cassini Imaging Team
Primary Data Set: Cassini
Full-Res TIFF: PIA07758.tif (880.5 kB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA07758.jpg (101.6 kB)

Recent Cassini images of Saturn’s moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region. This image was taken looking more or less broadside at the “tiger stripe” fractures observed in earlier Enceladus images. It shows discrete plumes of a variety of apparent sizes above the limb of the moon. 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. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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