Thursday, February 25, 2010

Enceladus: Nasa Spacecraft Records Dramatic Pictures Of Saturn's Moon 'Spitting'

This mosaic was created from two high-resolution images that were captured by the narrow-angle camera. Photo: NASA/JPL/SSI

From The Telegraph:

Dramatic pictures captured by a Nasa spacecraft of Saturn's icy moon, Enceladus, “spitting” out water have left scientists astounded.

The space agency’s Cassini spacecraft fly-by has captured new evidence that Saturn's sixth-largest moon is “bursting at the seams”.

The pictures, taken about 1,000 miles from the moon's surface, a forest of more than 30 individual icy plumes of water – including 20 that have never been recorded – can be seen erupting, or “spitting”, from fractures around its southern pole surface.

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