Ice plumes on Saturnís moon Enceladus

Ice plumes on Saturnís moon Enceladus

Fig. 2.38 . Enormous jets and fountains of ice are erupting on Saturnís moon Enceladus, feeding the planetís E ring. This image, taken from the Cassini spacecraft on 27 November 2005, exhibits several geyser-like jets, which vent and spurt plumes of ice particles, water vapor and trace amounts of organic compounds. Eight source locations were identified in this image, all on the prominent tiger stripe features, or sulci, in the moonís south polar region. These features were under close scrutiny from Cassini for years after their discovery in 2005. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL/SSI.)

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