Enceladus Up Close

Enceladus North PoleThe Cassini spacecraft flew by Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus a couple of days ago, and snapped this picture of the moon’s north pole. Based on low-resolution images from the Voyager mission, we expected the north polar region of Enceladus to be heavily cratered. This high-resolution image shows a landscape of stark contrasts with thin cracks crossing over the pole. The moon’s surface is full of cracks, but until this flyby, we didn’t know if the fractures extended so far north.

 

Image Credit: NASA

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