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Cassini photographs Enceladus geysers

Posted on Saturday, 31 March, 2012 | Comment icon 0 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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The Cassini spacecraft has captured new images of the geysers on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

The pictures were taken during Cassini's lowest pass yet over the moon's south pole at an altitude of 74km which allowed it to take readings of the jets of water vapour sprouted by the geysers. It is believed that the jets could be fed by liquid water located beneath the moon's frozen outer shell suggesting a possible habitat for alien life in the solar system.

"The Cassini spacecraft has captured striking images from flying by three moons of Saturn, including new pictures of Enceladus's gushing geysers."

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