Enceladus flyby images begin arriving

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Cool image time! The first images from Cassini’s close flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus on Wednesday have started to arrive.

None have yet been processed, though the press release above provided a distant view of the moon’s plumes as the spacecraft approached. The image on the right, showing the moon itself, is one of the flyby I pulled off from the raw image website. Expect some interesting views to appear there throughout the day, with a more detailed press release tomorrow.

One comment

  • Dwight Decker

    I really like science-writer Jim Oberg’s turn of phrase for sending the probe through the geyser plumes — “drinking from the fountains of Enceladus.” Bit of poetry there, I thought…

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