Illustration for article titled A Half-Lit Enceladus Looks Stunning In This Latest Image From Cassini

The Cassini-Huygens mission released a stunning new picture of Saturn’s moon Enceladus at half phase.


From the Cassini team:

This half-lit view of Enceladus bears a passing resemblance to similar views of Earth’s own natural satellite, but the similarities end there. Earth’s rocky moon is covered in dark, volcanic basins and brighter, mountainous highlands — both exceedingly ancient. The surface of icy Enceladus is uniformly bright, far brighter than Earth’s moon. Large areas of Enceladus’ surface are characterized by youthful (on geologic timescales), wrinkled terrains.


This image was taken back in September 8th, 2015 at a distance of 80,000 miles from the Moon.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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