Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn moon geyser images

By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News

The jets emanate from hot fissures known as "tiger stripes" at the south pole

The Cassini spacecraft has captured striking images from flying by three moons of Saturn, including new pictures of Enceladus’s gushing geysers.

Cassini made its lowest pass yet over the south pole of Enceladus, at at an altitude of 74km (46 miles).

This allowed it to “taste” the jets of water vapour and ice that the moon spews forth into space.

The Nasa probe also made relatively close flypasts of two other Saturnian satellites: Dione and Janus.

The observations were made over 27 and 28 March.

The encounter was primarily designed for Cassini’s ion and neutral mass spectrometer instrument, which sampled the composition of Enceladus’s south polar plume.

Read more: BBC News


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