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Inside Enceladus

Date: 02 April 2014
Satellite: Cassini
Depicts: Enceladus
Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist's impression of the possible interior of Enceladus based on Cassini's gravity investigation. The data suggest an ice outer shell and a low-density, rocky core with a regional water ocean sandwiched between at high southern latitudes. Cassini images were used to depict the surface geology in this artwork. The mission discovered plumes of ice and water vapour jetting from fractures – nicknamed 'tiger stripes' – at the moon's south pole in 2005.

Last Update: 04 April 2014

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