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NASA’s Cassini Probe Cruises Past Saturn’s Moon Enceladus, Samples Its Salty Spray

 

The Cassini probe has been hanging around Saturn since 2004, and has given scientists an unprecedented view of the ringed planet and its moons. One of the more interesting of Saturn’s natural satellites is Enceladus, which is known to not only have an icy crust, but to periodically shoot geysers of water vapor, ice, and tantalizingly organic compounds. Cassini has sampled this spray before, and did again three days ago. While the analysis of the spray is probably some time away, we can enjoy these spectacular photos of Enceladus and the moon Tethys. See them, after the break.

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