Friday, July 15, 2005

Enceladus-2 Raw Images

I'll post the best raw Enceladus images when they become available.

The Cassini website has the following posted as of 2:12pm PDT:
The Cassini spacecraft conducted its closest flyby yet, coming within 175 kilometers (109 miles) from the surface of Enceladus. Data collected is currently being downloaded. Raw images are expected to appear on this web site at around 10 p.m. PDT.
UPDATE: 4:30 pm: The last of the Rhea images are showing up on the JPL raw images page now. Next up, Enceladus...
UPDATE: 4:50 pm: It has begun...
UPDATE: 5:00 pm: CICLOPS has begun post some select raw images from yesterday's flyby. So check out 10 of these at the CICLOPS website. I have put my favorite above. Trust me, it gets better....
UPDATE: 8:40 pm: Most of the NACs should be up soon. here is a list of interesting images thus far:
Obviously, feel free to post your favorites in the comments for this post!
UPDATE: 09:30 pm: Here are a few more (and Epimetheus):


Blogger Bruce Moomaw said...

Simply amazing (and I see we have exactly the same list of favorites). Looking at Enceladus, all I can say is what Coronado said after he and his men suddenly came up, with no warning at all, to the edge of the Grand Canyon: "Something happened here."

7/16/2005 01:08:00 AM  
Blogger Bruce Moomaw said...

Regarding the new Epimetheus view, a comment. Hawaii's Jeffrey Bell tells me that the innermost rubble-pile moons of Saturn have a still-puzzling excess of small craters like Hyperion; but Epimetheus actually seems to me to show a crater-size distribution much closer to normal than Hyperion's (and, if I remember correctly, the same is true of Janus). Whatever happened to Hyperion, it was unique.

7/16/2005 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil Stooke said...

I agree with Bruce. Epimetheus doesn't look unusual to me, and to be honest I am not sure what images of the small inner moons could be used to make such a claim - maybe Mimas was the moon in question? Anyway, Epimetheus... if the new images are rotated 180 degrees you can see how these fit the last hi-res set. The two large craters are visible in both, and the new view is from a bit further north. The terminator is a little more to the east, ten degrees or so.


7/16/2005 05:30:00 AM  

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