Ridges and fractures

NASA has just released some stunning photographs of the moon Enceladus taken from the Cassini spacecraft as winter nears in the Saturnian system. The word spectacular doesn’t do justice to the images, one of which I include here.

Saturnian moon Enceladus, pictured from the Cassini spacecraft in November 2009 (image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)
Image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This unprocessed image was taken during the 21 November flyby of Enceladus, and shows in detail ridges and fractures on the surface of the icy Gigantus. So much texture is visible in the untweaked, two-dimensional picture.

Click on the image above to be taken to the NASA website, on which you’ll find higher resolution versions of this and other photos of Enceladus taken during the same flyby.