Enceladus

  • Plumbing Enceladus
    Scientists are beginning to understand the source of the giant geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus. A new theory points to the potential existence of a liquid reservoir or lake just beneath the moon's surface.
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  • Fueling Hot Jets
    New data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft provides conclusive evidence that jets of icy particles spraying from Enceladus originate from hot spots on fractures that straddle the moon's south polar region. Enceladus caused a stir in 2005 when the jets were first found and scientists thought
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  • Enceladus Cold Case
    A new model of Saturn´s icy moon Enceladus may indicate that liquid water is not present on the moon, quelling hopes of finding life there.
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  • Rubbing Tiger Stripes
    New research suggests that the water plumes seen on Enceladus may not require the presence of liquid water near the moon's surface. However the moon may harbor a liquid ocean deep below its icy crust.
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  • A Hot Start on Enceladus
    Deep inside Saturn's moon Enceladus may be an organic brew, a heat source, and liquid water -- all the key ingredients for life. But where does the heat come from on a small body made of rock and ice? A new model suggests radioactive
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  • The Cosmic Graffiti Artist
    Astronomers have found that Saturn's moon Enceladus is pelting some of the planet's other moons with ice particles sprayed from geysers at its surface.
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Water on Enceladus?
    Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2006, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 3 is the discovery of what may be a reservoir of liquid water on Saturn´s icy moon, Enceladus. If true, it would broaden the diversity
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  • Cracking Enceladus
    Last year, the Cassini spacecraft discovered plumes of gas, water vapor and ice particles erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. At first, scientists thought it might indicate liquid water below the icy moon's surface, but now researchers have proposed an alternative model.
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  • Enceladus Exudes an Air of Mystery
    Atomic oxygen could never be confused with expensive perfume. But just as a fragrance lingering in the air of an empty room offers hints about a previous occupant, the cloud of oxygen the Cassini spacecraft encountered as it first approached Saturn turned out to be
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  • Enceladus Rolled Over
    Saturn's moon Enceladus - an active, icy world with an unusually warm south pole - may have performed an unusual trick for a planetary body. New research shows Enceladus rolled over, literally, explaining why the moon's hottest spot is at the south pole.
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  • Liquid Water on Enceladus?
    Could Saturn´s tiny moon Enceladus have liquid water right below the icy surface? A new paper in the journal Science argues for the presence of such a reservoir, saying it is the most likely source for the plumes of particles ejected from the moon´s
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  • Enceladus the Ice King
    Cassini observations by several instruments have revealed the source of Saturn's broadest and faintest ring. Recent observations show that tiny particles of frozen water ice are streaming outward into space from the south polar region of the moon Enceladus.
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  • Enceladus Erupting
    Jets of fine, icy particles streaming from Saturn's moon Enceladus were captured in recent images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The images provide unambiguous visual evidence the moon is geologically active.
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  • Enceladus’ Tiger Stripes are Really Cubs
    The Cassini spacecraft discovered the long, cracked features dubbed "tiger stripes" on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus are very young. They are between 10 and 1,000 years old.
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  • Hot Potato Enceladus
    A researcher at Southwest Research Institute, working with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center from the NASA Cassini Saturn orbiter, found heat leaking out of the south polar region of Saturn's moon, Enceladus.
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