Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Cassini glimpses an alien world

On 14th July, the Cassini spaceprobe approached to within 145 kilometers of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Today NASA released images and a preliminary analysis of the fly-by.

The image at closest approach to the moon shows a bizarre and alien landscape of boulders, valleys and faults. I tweaked the NASA image a little to partially compensate for the motion blur to hopefully make the features a little more easy to view (see below).

For a moon that's basically a big iceball, this looks pretty interesting!

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


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