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2005-04-26 14:20:00

JPL -- The Cassini spacecraft has discovered intriguing dust particles around Saturn's moon Enceladus.  The particles might indicate the existence of a dust cloud around Enceladus, or they may have originated from Saturn's outermost ring, the E-ring. "We are making measurements in the plane of the E-ring," said Dr. Thanasis Economou, a senior scientist at the University of Chicago's Enrico Fermi Institute.  Economou is the lead researcher on the high rate detector, part of a larger...

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2005-03-16 14:00:00

JPL -- The Cassini spacecraft's two close flybys of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus have revealed that the moon has a significant atmosphere. Scientists, using Cassini's magnetometer instrument for their studies, say the source may be volcanism, geysers, or gases escaping from the surface or the interior. When Cassini had its first encounter with Enceladus on Feb. 17 at an altitude of 1,167 kilometers (725 miles), the magnetometer instrument saw a striking signature in the magnetic field. On...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Enceladus -- Enceladus is a moon of Saturn discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. At least five different types of terrain have been identified on Enceladus. In addition to craters there are smooth plains and extensive linear cracks and ridges. At least some of the surface is relatively young, probably less than 100 million years. This means that Enceladus must have been active very recently with some sort of "water volcanism" or other process that renews the surface....

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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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