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NEWS by Alan MacRobert
New Enceladus Closeups Now Arriving
"Cassini focused its cameras and other remote sensing instruments on Enceladus with an emphasis on the moon's south pole" says a NASA press release, "where parallel stripes or fissures dubbed 'tiger stripes' line the region. That area is of particular interest because geysers of water-ice and vapor jet out of the fissures and supply material to Saturn's E ring."
Check the NASA Cassini site for the latest. And see imaging team leader Carolyn Porco's blog post.
"Two more Enceladus flybys are planned for October," notes the NASA release. "The first of those will cut Monday's flyby distance in half and bring the spacecraft to a remarkable 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the surface." A resolution of 3.7 meters per pixel should be achieved.
Posted by Alan MacRobert, August 13, 2008