Enceladus

  • A new study provides spectacular evidence for a water reservoir the size of Lake Superior on Saturn’s icy moon.
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  • New data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows that the intensity of the jets of material shooting from Saturn's moon Enceladus depends on how close the moon is to the planet.
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  • Recent findings reveal that Saturn’s geyser moon Enceladus provides a special laboratory for watching unusual behavior of plasma, or hot ionized gas.
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  • Using images from Cassini, scientists have correlated the spraying jets of water vapor on Enceladus with the way Saturn's gravity stretches and stresses the moon.
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  • The Cassini mission has confirmed the presence of active jets of water ice that erupt from Saturn's moon, Enceladus. Scientists are looking at the ways in which a future mission to Enceladus could study this water for signs of life.
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  • Data from Cassini confirms that the Enceladus' forcast is set for ongoing snow flurries. The reseach indicates that the the plumes and their heat source on the moon are long-lived. This increases the liklihood that habitable environments might persist beneath the surface.
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  • Combining data from the Herschel Space Observatory with cloud models of Saturn has helped scientists understand how plumes of water vapor and ice from Enceladus affect the chemical composition of Saturn.
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  • New observations show that water expelled from the moon Enceladus forms a giant torus of water vapor around Saturn. Water is essential for life as we know it, and determining the locations and sources of water in the Solar System is important in the search
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  • Cassini has discovered new evidence for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturun's moon Enceladus.
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  • Data from Cassini has revealed that Saturn and its moon Enceladus are linked by powerful electrical currents. The study is helping astrobiologists further understand the nature of moons that orbit giant planets, and could yield clues about the potential for life on these small worlds.
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