Computer processed image highlights the water plumes on Enceladus
Date: 22 June 2011
Copyright: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
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. The 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. This enhanced and false-coloured image shows the enormous extent of the fainter, larger-scale component of the plume.
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