posted on Mar, 30 2008 @ 05:56 PM
Ok before i start i have recieved word back from the company dealing with the recording of the apollo tapes....
It has been shipped and should be with me very soon....
Now The gentleman I have been talking to who stays in our Premier Inn has if you have read my thread regarding genuine apollo recording.
Stated that a larger effort concentrating on saturn is either iminent or underway...
I have just come across some Information I would like to share with you all...
Cassini Tastes Organic Material at Saturn's Geyser Moon
March 26, 2008
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft tasted and sampled a surprising organic brew erupting in geyser-like fashion from Saturn's moon
Enceladus during a close flyby on March 12. Scientists are amazed that this tiny moon is so active, "hot" and brimming with water vapor and organic
New heat maps of the surface show higher temperatures than previously known in the south polar region, with hot tracks running the length of giant
fissures. Additionally, scientists say the organics "taste and smell" like some of those found in a comet. The jets themselves harmlessly peppered
Cassini, exerting measurable torque on the spacecraft, and providing an indirect measure of the plume density.
"A completely unexpected surprise is that the chemistry of Enceladus, what's coming out from inside, resembles that of a comet," said Hunter Waite,
principal investigator for the Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. "To have primordial
material coming out from inside a Saturn moon raises many questions on the formation of the Saturn system."
"Enceladus is by no means a comet. Comets have tails and orbit the sun, and Enceladus' activity is powered by internal heat while comet activity is
powered by sunlight. Enceladus' brew is like carbonated water with an essence of natural gas," said Waite.
The Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer saw a much higher density of volatile gases, water vapor, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, as well as organic
materials, some 20 times denser than expected. This dramatic increase in density was evident as the spacecraft flew over the area of the plumes.
New high-resolution heat maps of the south pole by Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer show that the so-called tiger stripes, giant fissures
that are the source of the geysers, are warm along almost their entire lengths, and reveal other warm fissures nearby. These more precise new
measurements reveal temperatures of at least minus 93 degrees Celsius (minus 135 Fahrenheit.) That is 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit)
warmer than previously seen and 93 degrees Celsius (200 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than other regions of the moon. The warmest regions along the tiger
stripes correspond to two of the jet locations seen in Cassini images.
"These spectacular new data will really help us understand what powers the geysers. The surprisingly high temperatures make it more likely that
there's liquid water not far below the surface," said John Spencer, Cassini scientist on the Composite Infrared Spectrometer team at the Southwest
Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Previous ultraviolet observations showed four jet sources, matching the locations of the plumes seen in previous images. This indicates that gas in
the plume blasts off the surface into space, blending to form the larger plume.
Images from previous observations show individual jets and mark places from which they emanate. New images show how hot spot fractures are related to
other surface features. In future imaging observations, scientists hope to see individual plume sources and investigate differences among
"Enceladus has got warmth, water and organic chemicals, some of the essential building blocks needed for life," said Dennis Matson, Cassini project
scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "We have quite a recipe for life on our hands, but we have yet to find the final
ingredient, liquid water, but Enceladus is only whetting our appetites for more."
At closest approach, Cassini was only 30 miles from Enceladus. When it flew through the plumes it was 120 miles from the moon's surface. Cassini's
next flyby of Enceladus is in August.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The mission is managed by JPL
for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.
A sniff test of water vapor spewing from Saturn's moon Enceladus shows it is gushing with organic molecules, increasing the possibility of life
existing somewhere in the Saturn system.
Scientists have been intrigued by the moon since the fountain of water was first spotted in 2005. Now they've identified a soup of prebiotic material
there, similar to what's found in comets, from an analysis of data collected by the Cassini spacecraft.
Nobody really knows how life began, but astrobiologists guess it required chemicals like those tasted by Cassini, a little liquid water and some
Hunter Waite, a Cassini principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) in San Antonio, said Enceladus' newly understood
composition should stir up previous notions of Saturn and its moons.
"These findings will definitely get people to ask new questions about the formation of the Saturn system," Wait told SPACE.com. "The
astrobiological potential of the Saturn system just went up a notch or two."
Cassini made its observations during a high-speed pass 30 miles above Enceladus on March 12, and recorded the highest temperatures yet detected near
tiger stripe-like fissures on the icy moon's southern pole.
Waite and other scientists released their early findings about Enceladus' thermal activity and icy plume composition during a briefing today at NASA
headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The new heat maps of Enceladus' surface show temperatures higher than previously observed in the south polar region, with hot tracks running the
length of giant fissures.
"They're still awfully cold, but much warmer than background temperatures of the rest of the surface," said John Spencer, a Cassini scientist at
SWRI in Boulder, Colo. "This means it has to be even warmer under the surface and raises the possibility of liquid water beneath the [exterior]."
Cassini measured the fissures to be -135 degrees Fahrenheit (-93 degrees Celsius) near their centers.