Saturns' geyser moon, Enceladus, gets close up

5936_13886_1 [Cross posted from Kentucky Space] Pointed out by Emily Lakdawalla at The Planetary Society, Cassini has just returned this raw unprocessed image of the geyser moon of Saturn, Enceladus.

Cassini, which has flown through the plumes visible in this image and returned data that confirms the presence of water vapor and organic chemicals, has made repeated visits to this very surprising little world. Planetary scientists speculate that an internal ocean may be the source of the eruptions.


Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute