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Images from Cassini's Nov. 2009 Enceladus Flyby

Images from Cassini's Nov. 2009 Enceladus Flyby

Feb. 23, 2010


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Cassini Finds Plethora of Plumes, Hotspots at Enceladus

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Enceladus' Warm Baghdad Sulcus
Enceladus' Warm Baghdad Sulcus

In this unique mosaic image combining high-resolution data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft, pockets of heat appear along one of the mysterious fractures in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus.


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Bursting at the Seams
Bursting at the Seams

Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice out from many locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The tiger stripes are fissures that spray icy particles, water vapor and organic compounds.

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Baghdad Sulcus in 3-D
Baghdad Sulcus in 3-D

This anaglyph made from images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows a dramatic, 3-D view of one of the deep fractures nicknamed "tiger stripes" on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The fractures, which are located near the moon’s south pole, spray jets of water ice.

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New to Old on Enceladus
New to Old on Enceladus


This mosaic features the highest resolution data yet captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the leading, or western, hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus. It shows where the newly created terrain of this geologically active moon's south polar region meets older, crater-filled terrain further north.


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Enceladan Tectonics
Enceladan Tectonics

This mosaic shows extraordinary details of tectonic deformation in the fractured south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, where jets of water ice spray outward to form Saturn's E ring. The images were captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


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Baghdad Sulcus in Context -- Annotated
Baghdad Sulcus in Context

This wide-angle image shows the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus and outlines the area covered by the high-resolution mosaic combining data from the imaging science subsystem and composite infrared spectrometer aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


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Enceladus' Leading Hemisphere
Enceladus' Leading Hemisphere

NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a new view of Saturn's moon Enceladus in a whole-disk mosaic of the geologically active moon's leading, or western, hemisphere.


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Zooming In On Heat at Baghdad Sulcus
Zooming In On Heat at Baghdad Sulcus

The right-hand image shows a dramatically improved view of heat radiation from a warm fissure near the south pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. It was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its Nov. 21, 2009, flyby of that moon.

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Peaceful Portrait
Peaceful Portrait

At first glance, this scene simply shows the bright crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus at top right, composed against the stability of its parent planet resting at the bottom left. But a closer look at the center of the image reveals a dramatic surprise: plumes of water ice spew out from the famed fractures known as "tiger stripes" near the south pole of the moon.


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