The Cassini spacecraft on Wednesday flew within 30 miles of Enceladus' rugged, icy exterior surface.
The close pass also took the spacecraft through a mysterious plume of liquid, ice and gas particles shooting out of the south pole of the Saturnian moon. Cassini collected samples during the pass, which scientist hope will teach us more about Enceladus and its potential habitability.
Published:Caption:Eric MackPhoto:NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
So long, Enceladus!
Shown without its plumes visible, Enceladus hovers near the edge of the frame in this image. Scientists will continue to process the data from the close fly-by as Cassini prepares for a final, high-altitude pass in December.