posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 04:31 PM
Hi ATS, NASA has released this new image, which I think is pretty cool!
Sometimes I get blown away thinking about how far away moons like this are, how distant it is from earth, we are seeing something in such detail -
even though it's millions of kilometres away.
Nasa has released the latest raw images of Saturn's moon Enceladus, from the Cassini spacecraft's extended mission to the planet and its
The images show the moon's rippling terrain in remarkable clarity.
Cassini started transmitting uncalibrated temperature data and images during a flyby on 21 November.
The data will help scientists create a highly detailed mosaic image of the southern part of the moon's Saturn-facing hemisphere, and a thermal
This thermal map will help researchers to study the long fractures in the south polar region of the moon's surface, which have been dubbed "tiger
stripes" and are warmer than the rest of the surface.
Some info on Enceladus
Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. It was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. Until the two Voyager spacecraft passed near it in
the early 1980s, very little was known about this small moon besides the identification of water ice on its surface. The Voyagers showed that the
diameter of Enceladus is only 500 km, about a tenth of that of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and reflects almost 100% of the sunlight that strikes
it. Voyager 1 found that Enceladus orbited in the densest part of Saturn's diffuse E ring, indicating a possible association between the two, while
Voyager 2 revealed that despite the moon's small size, it had a wide range of terrains ranging from old, heavily cratered surfaces to young,
tectonically deformed terrain, with some regions with surface ages as young as 100 million years old.
Anyway, thought I'd share it with you all!
Take care, Kiwifoot!
[edit on 23-11-2009 by kiwifoot]