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Cassini Spacecraft Snaps New Saturnian Moon Photos

February 1, 2011

NASA announced Tuesday that the Cassini spacecraft passed by and snapped images of several of Saturn’s moons.

The space agency said the Cassini spacecraft passed within 37,282 miles of Enceladus and 17,398 miles of Helene. 

The spacecraft also shot an image of Mimas in front of Saturn’s rings.

NASA said that one of Cassini’s images is looking at the famous jets erupting from the south polar terrain of Enceladus.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency. 

According to one of the space agency’s websites, the spacecraft will fly-by about 2,268 miles from Titan on February 18.

The 22-feet high, 13.2-feet wide spacecraft weighs 12,592 pounds and is powered from radioisotope thermoelectric generators.

Image Caption: This image of Saturn’s moon Enceladus was obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 31, 2011. It shows the famous jets erupting from the south polar terrain of Enceladus. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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