Enceladus' internal heat mapped

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[Cross posted from KySat, the blog for the Kentucky space program] More science from Cassini's recent close encounter with Saturn's geyser-moon, Enceladus, is being made available to the public. NASA has just posted this heat map of the  southern pole of the satellite.

According to the agency, there is a 200 degree swing (Fahrenheit) between the temperature at the vents and the rest of the surface of the moon.

To see what the water-ice geysers look like from space, check out this picture.

Wayne

Credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/SwRI/SSI