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A last look at Enceladus' plumes with Saturn

A last look at Enceladus' plumes with Saturn

NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

A last look at Enceladus' plumes with Saturn
Two weeks before mission's end, Cassini took its final photos documenting the activity of Enceladus' south polar plumes. This photo was taken with the wide-angle camera from the night sides of Saturn and Enceladus and the unlit face of the rings. Enceladus is beyond Saturn as seen from Cassini, its nightside lit by light reflected off of Saturn. The photo has been edited to remove effects of internal reflections within the camera and composited with a narrow-angle image of Enceladus to make the plumes more visible.

Here is the original wide-angle camera photo. 

And here's a zoom in to the narrow-angle camera view.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about August 27, 2017

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