From NASA Science: “Close Encounter with Enceladus “


NASA Science Science News

Oct 27, 2015
Author: Ferris Molina | Editor: Dr. Tony Phillips

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft is about to make a daring plunge through one of the plumes emerging from Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
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Enceladus, from

Over 980 million miles or about 1.6 billion kilometers from home, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft hurtles through the starry expanse of space.

NASA Cassini Spacecraft

From its vantage point orbiting Saturn, Earth is nothing more than a miniscule pinprick of light not unlike the stars framing the gorgeous ringed planet.

Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, and it has made dozens of flybys of Saturn’s intriguing moons. Its next close encounter with Enceladus on October 28, 2015 promises potentially exciting results.

Enceladus boasts an icy, ostensibly barren landscape riddled with deep canyons, dubbed “tiger stripes.” Underneath its icy exterior churns a global ocean, heated in part by tidal forces from Saturn and…

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