Haunting Photos of Saturn Moons Snapped by Cassini Spacecraft
NASA’s workhorse Saturn orbiter Cassini has just beamed back stunning new views of the ringed planet’s dazzling moons, including the probe’s closest-ever pass over the ice geysers of Enceladus.
The new photos reveal the plume of water ice and vapor that springs from the south pole of Enceladus — Saturn’s sixth largest moon — as well as the pockmarked surface of Dione and the tiny oblong shape of Janus.
Cassini made a close flyby of Enceladus on Tuesday (March 27), swooping within about 46 miles (74 kilometers) of the moon’s surface. This moon is one of the few known geologically active places outside Earth in the solar system.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute