Enceladus, Saturn’s Moon

Enceladus, Saturn’s Moon

Below a darkened Enceladus, a plume of H2O ice is backlit in this perspective of one of Saturn’s many thespian moons.

Dramatic plumes, both vast and small, mist H2O ice from many locations along a moon’s famed “tiger stripes” nearby a south stick of Enceladus. The tiger stripes are fissures that mist icy particles, H2O fog and organic compounds.

The turf seen here is on a heading hemisphere of Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers across). North is up. The picture was taken in manifest light with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Feb. 20, 2012. The perspective was acquired during a stretch of approximately 83,000 miles (134,000 kilometers) from Enceladus and during a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 165 degrees. Image scale is 2,628 feet (801 meters) per pixel.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute