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Thursday January 13th 2011

Crescent ENCELADUS

A great way to see new images from NASA is to review the RAW images released. These are RAW images in the sense that they have not been processed to remove camera defects and other artifacts. You can see them on theĀ  CICLOPS site. This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus was taken on August 13, 2010 and received on Earth August 14, 2010, so faster than most postcards…. It shows ENCELADUS over the sunlit cloud tops of Saturn. The camera was pointing toward ENCELADUS at approximately 58,901 kilometers away. The moon was between Saturn and Cassini, and so it too was showing almost entirely its dark side to the spacecraft. The result is the thin crescent of the moon just over the (only partially seen) thinly lit crescent of its parent planet.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Released: August 14, 2010

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