View Full Version : Simply Astonishing: Enceladus, the Jet-Powered Moon

2010-Oct-01, 03:20 PM
What an astonishing view of Saturn‘s moon Enceladus, as seen by Cassini! At least four different plumes of water ice are spewing out from the south polar region, highlighted because of the black space behind the Moon. On Twitter, Carolyn Porco said that we see four jets because we’re looking down the four tiger stripe [...]

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2010-Oct-01, 03:24 PM
That is a stunning image!

2010-Oct-01, 04:40 PM
"That's no moon" ;)

2010-Oct-01, 04:51 PM
So does that ice fall back to the surface, or is it lost to space? If the latter, how long until Enceladus is used up, or how big was it a billion years ago?

Never mind, Phil answered that in his blog. A long time.

2010-Oct-03, 10:21 AM
The mass of the water in the "jets" (geysers) is not enough to alter the orbit of Enceladus.