Photos: Enceladus, Saturn's Cold, Bright Moon

Saturn's Moon Enceladus on Oct. 28, 2015

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A view of the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during a close flyby of the icy moon on Oct. 28, 2015.

Enceladus’ Heavily Cratered North Pole

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This image, captured on Oct. 14, 2015 by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows heavily cratered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

Cassini Spacecraft Flying by Enceladus


An artist's illustration of NASA's Cassini spacecraft flying by Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Cassini is making its final close flybys of Enceladus in 2015.

Enceladus Cross Section


A slight wobble in Saturn's moon Enceladus reveals that the world contains a global ocean beneath its icy crust. Some of this ocean spurts out into space from the southern polar region.

Enceladus Southern Terrain

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The Cassini spacecraft's close view of the southern terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, which contains a massive global ocean under its surface, scientists recently confirmed.

Enceladus, Saturn's Snowball

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Saturn's moon Enceladus, covered in snow and ice, resembles a perfectly packed snowball in this image from NASA's Cassini mission released on Dec. 23, 2013. This view was taken by Cassini on March 10, 2012. It shows the leading side of Enceladus. North on Enceladus is up and rotated 6 degrees to the left. [Read the Full Story Here]

Frozen in Time: Saturn's Enceladus

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a still and partially sunlit Enceladus, the icy moon of Saturn, in this image released on Dec. 23, 2013. This image, taken on April 7, 2013, shows the side of Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) that faces backward in the moon's orbit around Saturn. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 123,000 miles (198,000 kilometers) from Enceladus. [Read the Full Story Here]

Enceladus Plume 1024

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Light reflected off Saturn allows the Cassini spacecraft to capture both the back-lit plume and the surface of Enceladus in one shot as seen in this amazing space wallpaper.

Raw, Unprocessed Image of Enceladus

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This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 2, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 239,799 miles (385,919 kilometers) away.

Crescent Enceladus

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This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 1, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 260,443 miles (419,142 kilometers) away.

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