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Cassini Successfully Flies Over Enceladus


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Enceladus from Cassini spacecraft

Image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, April 14, 2012, with camera pointing toward Enceladus from approximately 75,067 miles (120,808 kilometers).

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Cassini flew by Enceladus at an altitude of about 46 miles (74 kilometers). This flyby was designed primarily for the ion and neutral mass spectrometer to analyze, or "taste," the composition of the moon's south polar plume as the spacecraft flew through it.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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