Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cassini's close look at Enceladus' tiger stripes

Cassini had a close flyby of Enceladus today. This Saturnian satellite is famous for its tiger stripes, which are warm crevasses in Enceladus' icy surface, seen above. Geysers within those cracks also jet water out into space; these are the faint emissions seen below, which looks obliquely towards the tiger stripes. Additional images from this flyby can be found at the CICLOPS website.

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