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Cassini-Huygens
Baghdad Sulcus Perspective
10/08/10

 

This is a perspective view of a large fissure, called the Baghdad Sulcus, in the icy crust of Enceladus. It was generated using images of Enceladus acquired by the Cassini-Huygens mission in August 2008, together with a new topographic map of the region produced by Dr. Paul Schenk at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. (Height has been exaggerated by about 10 times to enhance clarity.) This view shows a wedge-shaped area between two prominent branches of Baghdad Sulcus. Each branch consists of two large parallel ridges up to 1.2 miles across separated by a deep V-shaped trough. The ridges are approximately 260 to 325 feet high. The troughs between the ridges are 650 to 820 feet deep. The maximum separation between the two branches is 7.5 miles. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute/Universities Space Research Association/Lunar & Planetary Institute



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