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Enceladus, Moon of Saturn... Will Ocean Discovery On Enceladus Spur Life-Hunting Missions to Icy Moons of Saturn, Jupiter? | Space.com

Enceladus, Moon of Saturn... Will Ocean Discovery On Enceladus Spur Life-Hunting Missions to Icy Moons of Saturn, Jupiter? | Space.com

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Enceladus (494 km), a moon of Saturn that churns with internal heat, ejecting plumes of microscopic ice particles into Saturn's orbit (photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft)

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Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon (Luna), Mars, Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Saturn, Enceladus, Titan, Iapetus, Hyperion, Uranus, Miranda, Neptune and Triton #Astronomy #planetary

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from BBC News

Gravity controls icy moon Enceladus's spew

Saturn's gravitational pull is responsible for the extraordinary hot geysers on the Enceladus moon that spew water out into space. The particles are ejected from active fissures known as "tiger stripes" at Enceladus's south pole. Salt in the plumes suggest the water may come from a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell. But it had been unclear what was ultimately driving the geological activity on this moon.

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from Gizmodo

This Is the Best Look at Pluto's Surface We're Going to Get

Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. It is approximately 500 kilometers in diameter, about a tenth of that of Saturn's largest moon, Titan

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Saturn's Enceladus moon hides 'great lake' of water

BBC News - Saturn's Enceladus moon hides 'great lake' of water

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Enceladus, a Moon of Saturn, May Have Ocean Beneath Its Icy Surface

Enceladus and its 4 plumes of water ice...“If there is water in such an unexpected place,” he said, “it leaves possibility for the rest of the universe.”

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Hubble Finds Pluto’s Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

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The ice fountains of Enceladus Fountains of water ice blast thousands of kilometres above the surface of Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus. It is thought that the pull of Saturn's powerful gravity distorts the moon and heats the interior, forming an underground ocean. When this reservoir of water contacts the vacuum of space it vaporises and explodes above the moon. Any liquid water freezes instantly. Images of the ice fountains were first captured by the Cassini probe.

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