21 November 2009
The Cassini spacecraft just did a very close flyby of Enceladus, the icy moon of Saturn that has become famous for the plumes of water vapor billowing from its south pole, and the pictures coming back are so spectacular that they are taking seasoned planet-watchers by surprise. Here’s a teaser: a panorama assembled from the raw Cassini images by Stuart Atkinson at Cumbrian Sky. Check out his post for lots more pictures. Emily Lakdawalla also has some great stereo pairs and more info in her post at the Planetary Society blog.