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Back-in-Action Cassini Makes Some Great Images

Written by Nancy Atkinson and published by Matt on Fri Dec 3, 2010 11:18 am via: Universetoday
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Here are a few raw images from the Cassini spacecraft‘s most recent flyby of Enceladus. The probe seems to be in good health following several weeks in safe mode, after a bit flipped in the command and data subsystem computer. This prevented the spacecraft from registering and following instructions.

Enceladus and Dione line up for the Cassini camera. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Enceladus and Dione line up for the Cassini camera. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

She appears to be humming along just fine now, and snapped this great picture of Enceladus and Dione yesterday. Cassini focused on the Enceladus during a close flyby on November 30, so see more below, including a wonderful shot of a veritable curtain of geyser “spray.”

A good look at the spray from the fissures on Enceladus. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

A good look at the spray from the fissures on Enceladus. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Enceladus, backdropped by Saturn's rings. Credit: NASA/JPL/ Space Science Institute.

Enceladus, backdropped by Saturn's rings. Credit: NASA/JPL/ Space Science Institute.

Closeup of Enceladus. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

Closeup of Enceladus. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

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