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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spied this tight trio of craters as it approached Saturn's icy moon Enceladus for a close flyby on Oct. 14, 2015. The craters, located at high northern latitudes, are sliced through by thin fractures -- part of a network of similar cracks that wrap around the snow-white moon.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 14, 2015 at a distance of approximately 6,000 miles (10,000 kilometers) from Enceladus. Image scale is 197 feet (60 meters) per pixel.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 14, 2015 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA20011

Details

  • Title: Saturnian Snowman
  • Creator: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
  • Date Created: 2015-10-15
  • Rights: JPL

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