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Here Are The First Stunning Photos From Cassini's Historic Enceladus Flyby

Yesterday, Saturn’s Cassini probe took its deepest dive yet through the icy geyser erupting from Enceladus’ south pole. We’re getting our first pictures of the historic flyby back now, and naturally, they’re incredible.

NASA's Cassini Probe Dove Through An Ice Moon's Geysers Today 

OK, I’ll admit it: I have a huge crush on Enceladus. But I happen to think my feelings for Saturn’s icy moon are justified. It’s a brilliant white snowball. It’s got a global ocean beneath its surface. It’s got freakkin’ ice volcanoes. Best of all, based on samples collected during today’s historic flyby, we might soon know if Enceladus is habitable.

Cassini Reveals Enceladus' North Pole In Glorious Detail

On Wednesday, NASA’s Cassini probe made its closest pass yet above the north pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, coming within 1,142 miles (1,839 kilometers) of the icy, eruptive satellite. Yesterday, we started to get back images of the encounter — and dang, they are beautiful.

A Moody View Of Titan And Saturn

Saturn and its moon Titan are a moody looking pair in this image. But despite the fact they look similar in a picture like this, they’re actually far from alike.

Saturn Looms Eerily In Infrared

Filters aren’t just for Instagram anymore; the Cassini orbiter snapped this wide-angle shot of Saturn using an infrared filter to help scientists get a better look at clouds in the gas giant’s atmosphere.

Mimas And Dione Beam Up At Saturn In A Stunning Portrait

The Moon feels like Earth’s kid brother, but Saturn’s moons are more like gnats on an elephant, as illustrated in this incredible image captured by the Cassini probe.

A Magical View Of Saturn's Ring, Side-On

This image shows two moons of Saturn, Mimas on the right and Dione on the left. And though you might find it hard to believe, that dark line running through the centre is in fact Saturn’s ring.

Stunning Image Of Saturn's Moon Captured From Just 480km Above It

The pock-marked surface of this spherical chunk of rock looks a lot like images of our own moon — but in fact this is much, much further away.

Titan's Lakes Captured In All Their Methane-Filled Glory

Despite the obvious similarities, this isn’t another satellite shot showing the Droughtpocalypse engulfing California. Instead, it’s a radar scan of methane-filled lakes on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

Saturn's Ghostly Outer Ring Is Mind Blowingly Massive

Almost every time we have a look, Saturn seems to become even more incredible. Space rain falls from icy rings into the gas giant’s atmosphere. Two of its moons, Titan and Enceladus, are among the best candidates in our solar system for finding alien life.

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