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Until a few years ago, Enceladus, here seen above Saturn's rings, was a non-descript 310-mile-wide iceball, one of dozens of moons around Saturn. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at a distance of 1.3 million miles.
Originally posted by Rashaverak
I'm green-- a total newb, forgive me.
"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."
Originally posted by DevolutionEvolvd...Don't these jets on Enceladus look somewhat familiar? Io perhaps???...
[edit on 20-8-2008 by DevolutionEvolvd]
The Tiger Stripes are simply amazing.
the fact that the jets are only visible in a certain part of Enceladus' orbit around Saturn, that getting closer to the gas giant is like a switch, compressing the crust and ejecting tons of material out of its own gravity.