New photos of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus
The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back new, close-up images of the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, Enceladus.
The spacecraft obtained the images during its Oct 14 flyby, passing 1,124 miles above the moon’s surface.
The new high-resolution images shows the Moon’s landscape of stark contrasts.
“The northern regions are crisscrossed by a spidery network of gossamer-thin cracks that slice through the craters,” said Paul Helfenstein, a member of the Cassini imaging team.
“These thin cracks are ubiquitous on Enceladus, and now we see that they extend across the northern terrains as well,” he added.
Enceladus is only 310 mi in diameter, about a tenth of that of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.