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Fraser
2006-Jul-10, 08:31 PM
This Cassini photograph shows Saturn's moon Enceladus spraying water ice from its southern pole. And if you look carefully, you can also see Rhea's southern pole just peeking out from below Saturn's rings. Cassini took this photograph on June 9, 2006 when it was approximately 3.9 million kilometers (2.4 million miles) from Enceladus.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/07/10/spray-of-ice-from-enceladus/)

George
2006-Jul-11, 02:30 PM
Great shot. This is a nice addtion to the Secrets Revealed in Saturn's Faintest Rings (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=43842)thread.

The spray is the source of the fine ice that allows the Rayleigh scattering effect to produce a blue outer ring for Saturn.

WaxRubiks
2006-Jul-11, 02:37 PM
what is actually causing the spray?

George
2006-Jul-11, 06:32 PM
what is actually causing the spray?

Volcanic action (http://www.eurekalert.org/features/kids/2006-03/aaft-ivo030306.php).

parallaxicality
2006-Jul-11, 07:52 PM
One thing about this mission, it certainly is producing its fair share of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" moments. More so than Galileo, I think.

I wouldn't put money on life on Enceladus though; given how small it is, I doubt it's been around long enough if it's still jetting its matter into space.