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Plumes Erupting From Enceladus

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15 Jun 2012
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we are a few thousand kilometres from enceladus, a mid-sized, icy moon of saturn. another satellite, tethys, can be seen on the right. in 2005, the cassini spacecraft discovered that this relatively small world of enceladus — only 500 km across — is, surprisingly, geologically active. geyser-like jets of water were seen venting from the moon's south-polar surface ices, produced by a process called cyrovolcanism ('cold volcanism'). plumes erupting from enceladus. earth is a few thousand kilometres from enceladus, a mid-sized, icy moon of saturn. another of saturn's moons, tethys, can be seen at top right. in 2005, the cassini spacecraft discovered that the relatively small world of enceladus (only 500km across) is, surprisingly, geologically active. geyser-like jets of water were seen venting from the moon's south-polar surface ices, produced by a process called cyrovolcanism (cold volcanism).

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