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Photo: Ice Jets Erupt from Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Enceladus

A very cool shot from a weekend fly-by of Enceladus by the Cassini probe.

NASA writes: "Numerous plumes are seen rising from long tiger-stripe canyons across Enceladus' craggy surface. Several ice jets are even visible in the shadowed region of crescent Enceladus as they reach high enough to scatter sunlight. Other plumes, near the top of the above image, appear visible just over the moon's sunlit edge. That Enceladus vents fountains of ice was first discovered on Cassini images in 2005, and has been under close study ever since. Continued study of the ice plumes may yield further clues as to whether underground oceans, candidates for containing life, exist on this distant ice world."

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  1. i share your fascination with science and astronomy. thanks again for posting pieces like this. and have a great thanksgiving.

    Posted by: casey | Nov 26, 2009 11:03:51 AM


  2. Amazing shots! Thanks! Where there's ice there's water. I wonder if there will be an unmanned probe sent to the surface to conduct research for signs of life. The possibilities are fascinating.

    Posted by: robert | Nov 28, 2009 1:46:56 AM


  3. Andy:
    We've lost a lot of scientists in this field because the government has cut funds from research since I can remember. It ain't the 1970's any more.
    Pronunciation is sometimes an intimidating issue for novice readers, and it would be a great help to them (and me) if you provided some help or reference to a pronunciation resource.
    I think we all would love to share your enthusiasm for this. Your publication of events in astronomy is often a highlight in Towleroad.com.
    With respect,
    Bill

    Posted by: BILLOFTHEDESSERT | Nov 29, 2009 8:55:17 PM


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