Published On: Mon, Nov 30th, 2015

Cassini Views Water Jets from Enceladus

This picture from a Cassini Spacecraft shows H2O jets sharpened from a southern segment of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Also manifest are a rings of Saturn.

Although Enceladus and Saturn’s rings are mostly done adult of H2O ice, they uncover really opposite characteristics. The little ring particles are too little to keep inner feverishness and have no approach to get warm, so they are solidified and geologically dead. Enceladus, on a other hand, is theme to army that feverishness a interior to this really day. This formula in a famous south frigid H2O jets, that are only manifest above a moon’s dark, southern limb, along with a sub-surface ocean.

Recent work by Cassini scientists suggests that Enceladus (313 miles or 504 kilometers across) has a tellurian sea of glass H2O underneath a surface. This find increases scientists’ seductiveness in Enceladus and a query to know a purpose of H2O in a growth of life in a solar system. (For some-more on a sub-surface ocean, see this story.

This perspective looks toward a unilluminated side of a rings from about 0.3 degrees next a ring plane. The picture was taken in manifest light with a Cassini booster narrow-angle camera on Jul 29, 2015.

The perspective was acquired during a stretch of approximately 630,000 miles (1.0 million kilometers) from Enceladus and during a Sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or proviso angle of 155 degrees. Image scale is 4 miles (6 kilometers) per pixel.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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