NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snaps close-up images of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snaps close-up images of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus

This week, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured some of the most detailed images yet of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. They show the bumpy terrain and streaked surface of the moon’s northern polar regions, which have been impossible to photograph up until now. These new photos contain clues about the history of the moon’s poles.

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The Cassini probe has been orbiting Saturn’s planetary system since 2004, but its mission will soon come to an end in 2017. As it starts to wrap things up, the spacecraft will be conducting three flybys of Enceladus before the end of the year. The first flyby occurred on Wednesday at 6:41AM ET, bringing Cassini within 1,142 miles of the moon’s north pole. That’s when these photos were taken; they were downloaded on…

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