Titan, Enceladus and Saturn’s rings

Titan and Enceladus pose for Cassini's cameras behind and in front of Saturn's rings. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI/Jason Major

Some of the most beautiful images of our solar system have come from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Here is another new one, taken on March 12, 2012. It shows two of Saturn’s fascinating moons, Titan (in the background) and Enceladus (in the foreground) along with Saturn’s rings, seen here very obliquely, almost edge-on.

This near-true-colour composite was made from the original raw filter images sent back by Cassini, thanks to Jason Major.

A world of methane rain, lakes and seas and another with water vapour geysers and probable subsurface ocean, together in one picture, amazing.

Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.