Space Image: Rings, Titan and EnceladusApril 19th, 2012 in Astronomy & Space / Space Exploration
Saturn’s rings, Titan and Enceladus. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Saturns icy moon Enceladus hangs below the gas giants rings while Titan lurks in the background, in this new image taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
Faint detail of the tiger stripe markings can be seen on Enceladus surface, which is framed against Titan, Saturns largest moon. With jets of water ice and vapour streaming from Enceladus south pole, and liquid hydrocarbon lakes pooling beneath Titans thick atmosphere, these are two of Saturns most enigmatic moons.
The northern, sun-lit side of Saturns rings are seen from just above the ring plane in this image, which was taken in visible green light by Cassinis narrow-angle camera on 12 March while it was approximately one million kilometres from Enceladus. The image scale is six kilometres per pixel on Enceladus.
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