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Enceladus, Titan, and the rings of Saturn

Enceladus, Titan, and the rings of Saturn

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NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / processed by Emily Lakdawalla

Enceladus, Titan, and the rings of Saturn
This incredible composition was captured by Cassini during its May 18, 2010 flyby of Enceladus. In the foreground, near the top, is the night side of Enceladus' south pole, only about 14,000 kilometers away from the spacecraft. In the middle ground are Saturn's rings seen nearly edge on; with the Sun nearly in front of Cassini, the wispy F ring makes the brightest, fuzzy-edged streak. In the background, peeking through the gaps in the rings, is Titan, with its twilit atmosphere nearly encircling the visible disk.
Enceladus, Titan, and the rings of Saturn (explained)

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / cartoon by Emily Lakdawalla

Enceladus, Titan, and the rings of Saturn (explained)
Peering through the fountains of Enceladus

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / processed by Astro0/unmannedspaceflight.com

Peering through the fountains of Enceladus
Here, unmannedspaceflight.com forum member Astro0 has combined two frames captured by Cassini during its May 18 encounter with Enceladus to include both the backlit plumes and the background imagery: Titan and the rings.

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Original image data dated on or about May 18, 2010

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