Insanely Awesome Raw Cassini Images of Titan and Enceladus

by Nancy Atkinson on May 23, 2011

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Raw Cassini image of Titan and Enceladus backdropped by Saturn's rings. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

An incredible set of images are beaming back from the Cassini spacecraft as it orbits Saturn, snapping away at the sights. The moons Titan and Enceladus snuggling up together in front of Saturn’s rings creates an amazing view, especially when they are all lined up together. These were taken on May 21, 2011. I’ve posted some of what I think are the most amazing, below, or you can see the whole set at the Cassini raw images page. When the Cassini imaging team gets a chance to process (and colorize) these, they’ll likely go down as some of the most representative images from the entire mission.

Titan snuggles up to Saturn and its rings. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Titan, Enceladus and an onside view of Saturn's rings. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Hat tip to Stu Atkinson!


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Anonymous May 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM

The slight rawness of these images really let’s see them with fresh eyes and I would really love to be there to see this vista…would bring tears to my eyes!

Mauro Lobato III May 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM

More raw images…

NiroG May 23, 2011 at 11:51 PM


J. Major May 24, 2011 at 2:50 AM

The top image color-composited (and rotated to a north-is-up orientation)

Anonymous May 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM

You can really see Titan’s atmosphere in these images. Beautiful!

website development May 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Beautiful Titan!

Aqua4U May 25, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Thanks for the update Nancy!

jfb_rem May 28, 2011 at 2:51 AM

This probe shows us always stunning images since 2004

J. Major May 31, 2011 at 5:07 AM

Also….I do believe that’s Dione, not Enceladus.

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