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Fountains Discovered on Saturn's Enceladus

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Fountains Discovered on Saturn's Enceladus


Fountains of ice shoot out from Saturn's moon Enceladus.

of the fountains were made using observations from the
robot Cassini spacecraft
currently orbiting

During a recent pass, Cassini was programmed to look back toward
the Sun where
would appear as a thin crescent.

From this vantage point, particles emitted from the surface
would better show themselves by reflecting sunlight.

The tactic was successful --
the above frame shows several plumes emanating from
previously known

to contain gashes in the surface dubbed
tiger stripes.

Cassini detected an increase in particle emissions from these
regions during a July flyby.

Some of these ice particles likely contribute to the make up of Saturn's
mysterious E ring.

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