NASA space craft Cassini captures incredible images of the Saturn and its moon, Titan and Enceladus.
Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team leader, in a statement said, “During this, our tenth holiday season at Saturn, we hope that these images from Cassini remind everyone the world over of the significance of our discoveries in exploring such a remote and beautiful planetary system. Happy holidays from all of us on Cassini.”
Pictures of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus shows its surface, peppered with endless fissures, fractures and ridges. Enceladus is unique in a sense that it features more than 100 geysers that are diffused across its south polar region. These geysers eject small icy particles into space. The ejected particles escape the moons gravity and form the ringed planet’s E ring.
Cassini also took pictures of another moon of Saturn, Titan. Titan’s surface is covered with lakes of liquid Methane and Ethane. Titan is also one of the Moons in the Solar system which has stable liquids on its surface. The camera of Cassini was so powerful that it also spotted a rotating high-altitude vortex at Titan’s South Pole.
The High Quality image beamed by the Cassini spacecraft which includes Wide angle pictures of the ringed planets North Pole looks stunning. The South Pole was also pictured by the Spacecraft’s cameras and it was all alluring with its stunning blue color.
Linda Spilker, the Cassini project scientist at NASA’s JPL, said “Until Cassini arrived at Saturn, we didn’t know about the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan, the active drama of Enceladus’ jets, and the intricate patterns at Saturn’s poles. Spectacular images like these highlight that Cassini has given us the gift of knowledge, which we have been so excited to share with everyone.”