Here’s the new awesomeness:
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This image shows water-ice geysers erupting on Enceladus, a moon of Saturn. It was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on a close flyby back in November, so obviously I’m behind everyone else on this. The pass was only 1000 mi above its surface, revealing some pretty spectacular stuff — like these geysers.
Enceladus has been known to have these kinds of geysers for a while, but this pass confirmed 30 of them total. And what you’re looking at in this image is them spewing water all the way into space!
I’ve always been fascinated by Enceladus because of the mix of elements you can find there. It’s one of those places in the solar system that could has the slightest of chances of being able to harbor primitive life. I’m really looking forward to future reports of the molecular makeup of this material.
Check out more about Cassini’s mission at ciclops.org