Monday, February 14, 2005

Coverage Plot for this week's Enceladus encounter

CICLOPS has released a coverage plot showing where ISS footprints will fall on Enceladus during Cassini's encounter this week. The highest resolution coverage will fall in places seen by Voyager at around 1 km/pixel. These higher resolution images will help us understand how the smooth terrain and grooves formed on Enceladus and whether their formation process still occur today. One particular aspect to look out for is small craters. We know most of these smooth areas are relatively devoid of craters at the 2-10 km size and greater, but do smaller craters exist. Finding out would greatly help scientists interested in Enceladus to know how old the surface is.


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