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Enceladus Flyby - July 14, 2005

Enceladus Flyby - July 14, 2005

Jul. 14, 2005

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False-color composite of Enceladus
This false-color view, made on a previous flyby, shows that unlike other Saturn moons, the surface of Enceladus consists of entire regions that appear to be relatively crater-free.
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On July 14, the Cassini spacecraft conducted its closest flyby yet, coming within 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the surface of the wrinkled, icy moon, Enceladus.

During Cassini's first flyby of Enceladus, a tenuous atmosphere was detected in magnetic field data, which may imply internal activity. This atmosphere may help explain the source of Saturn's outermost E ring.

The icy surface of Enceladus appears to have similarities to both Europa and Ganymede -- two prominent icy satellites of Jupiter. Both Europa and Ganymede are thought to have subsurface water layers or "oceans," so the similarities with Enceladus are intriguing.

Enceladus at a Glance
Enceladus Flyby
July 14, 2005

172 km (107 miles)

8.2 km/sec (18,343 mph)

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