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Enceladus in Infrared
One of our Solar System’s most tantalizing
worlds, icy Saturnian moon Enceladus appears in these
detailed hemisphere views from the Cassini spacecraft.
In false color,
panels present 13 years of infrared image data from Cassini’s
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer and Imaging Science Subsystem.
The fractures are the source of the moon’s
icy plumes that continuously spew into space.
The plumes were discovered by by Cassini in 2005.
reddish hues in the northern half of the leading hemisphere view
also indicate a recent resurfacing of other regions of
the geologically active moon,
a world that may hold conditions suitable for life.
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Authors & editors:
Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
NASA Official: Phillip Newman
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