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Saturn’s moon Enceladus shot by Cassini before it died


he US space agency NASA has shared another astonishing image of Saturn’s moon Enceladus captured by the iconic Cassini spacecraft before plunging into Saturn and embracing its death on September 15 this year. It was considered as the most successful missions to Saturn, and the achievements made by Cassini astonished everyone.

Cassini managed to take some beautiful and never seen before pictures of the Ring planet and its moons. And now NASA has revealed an incredible and fascinating image of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, with the sun lighting up a bright crescent limb. Saturn’s moon Enceladus drifts before the rings, which glow brightly in the sunlight. Beneath its icy exterior shell, Enceladus hides a global ocean of liquid water.

Just visible at the moon’s south pole (at bottom here) is the plume of water ice particles and other material that constantly spews from that ocean via fractures in the ice. The bright speck to the right of Enceladus is a distant star.

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