NASA’s spacecraft Cassini photographed the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The photograph was taken from a distance of 1,142 miles.
This photograph shows that the surface of the icy north polar region of Enceladus has many craters and cracks through them.
Images of Enceladus are examined by the Cassini imaging team at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
The spacecraft Cassini will have another encounter with Enceladus on October 28. The spacecraft will observe the moon at a distance of 30 miles from the moon’s south pole.
The Cassini spacecraft will also have an additional task. The plan is to go through the moon’s plume of icy spray and obtain a sample of the chemistry of the extraterrestrial ocean beneath the ice.
Scientists hope to determine the amount of hydrothermal activity in the moon’s ocean. In addition to this, scientists hope to discover more about the ocean’s chemistry. The purpose of all this is to determine if Enceladus is potentially habitable.