This view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus and its prominent plumes was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on April 2, 2013. The plumes are back-it from the Sun while the moon’s surface is lit with reflected light from Saturn. There are close to 100 geyser jets of varying sizes near Enceladus’s south pole spraying water vapor, icy particles, and organic compounds out into space.
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Enceladus Jets: The icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus spurts ice particles, water vapor, and trace organic molecules into space. Intriguing to astrobiologists, Enceladus could be one of the best places to look for evidence of life in our Solar System. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute #Saturn #Enceladus #Jets #NASA_JPL_SSI
Geysers of water ice erupt from Saturn's moon Enceladus. The plumes are backlit by the sun, which is almost directly behind the moon. The moon's dark side that we see here is illuminated by reflected light from Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft flew right through the plumes in order to let its instruments 'taste' them
Enceladus, Saturn's Moon spews at least four four distinct plumes of water vapor and ice from its south polar region. Image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. via msnbc #Enceladus #Saturn #Cassini #NASA msnbc