This unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on April 25, 2007. The image shows plumes of ice particles erupting from the moon’s active south polar region.
North on Enceladus is rotated about 90 degrees to the right in this view. Hints of surface topography are visible along the terminator and at top, where reflected light from Saturn dimly illuminates the moon’s night side.
A background star was captured as a bright streak near lower left during the exposure while the spacecraft was targeted on Enceladus.
The image was taken with the narrow angle camera from a distance of approximately 187,000 kilometers (116,200 miles) from Enceladus and at a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 154 degrees. Resolution in the image is about 1 kilometer (3,670 feet) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.