Enceladus setting behind Saturn – colour

Enceladus setting behind Saturn – colour

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15/09/2017 2:31 pm

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Description

Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from the international Cassini spacecraft.

The image was taken on 13 September 2017 and is among the last images Cassini sent back.

It was taken using Cassini's narrow-angle camera at a distance of 1.3 million km from Enceladus and about 1 million km from Saturn. Image scale on Enceladus is 8 km/pixel. Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were assembled to create the natural colour view.

The Cassini–Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA and the Italian Space Agency.

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