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Cassini to fly through Enceladus' plumes....

24 Oct 2015, 12:28 UTC
Cassini to fly through Enceladus' plumes....
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Cassini to sample Enceldaus' ocean Although Mars gets all the headlines (and cool movies) there are locations in the solar system that have much more life bearing potential - they're just a lot harder to get to. Enceladus,  a moon of Saturn which is only as big as the British isles, is one such place: Beneath it's shell of ice there is an ocean that scientists are itching to explore. The ice shell makes for a formidable barrier to exploration, but luckily Enceldus' ocean is jetting into space through geysers at it south pole.... and we ave a spaceship zooming around the Saturn system of rings and moons that can fly right through those geysers! The Cassini mission is set to make the second of its last three flyby's of Enceladus before the mission is decommissioned in 2017 - and that will be it for exploring the Saturn system, maybe for decades given how far away it is.This will be the deepest flight through the plumes, ad Cassini scientists hope it will give them one last round of insights on how the plumes work -  and what the ocean beneath them is like.Above: A simulation of the Flyby, courtesy of ...

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