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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:34 AM
Enceladus' Jets Reach All the Way to its Sea
Thanks to the Cassini mission weíve known about the jets of icy brine spraying from the south pole of Saturnís moon Enceladus for about 8 years now, but this week it was revealed at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference outside Houston, Texas that Enceladusí jets very likely reach all the way down to the sea ó a salty subsurface sea of liquid water thatís thought to lie beneath nearly 10 kilometers of ice.
Enceladusí jets were first observed by the Cassini spacecraft in 2005. The jets constantly spray fine particles of ice into space which enter orbit around Saturn, creating the hazy, diffuse E ring in which Enceladus resides.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001