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The Fountains of Enceladus

In a wonderful start to the Holiday season, Cassini imaging scientists are delighted by recent sightings of fountain-like plumes towering above Saturn's moon Enceladus. A fine spray of small, icy particles, emanating from the warm, geologically unique province surrounding the south pole of Enceladus and believed now to supply the material comprising Saturn's E ring, was first observed in images taken back on Jan. 16, 2005. Images of a crescent Enceladus returned by Cassini this past weekend show multiple plumes in striking detail. Stay tuned for future announcements on the sightings of the Enceladus plumes.

Nov 28, 2005: Spray Above Enceladus - A fine spray of small, icy particles emanating from the warm, geologically unique province surrounding the south pole of Enceladus was observed in a Cassini narrow-angle camera image of the crescent moon taken on January 16, 2005.
Nov 28, 2005: Fountains of Enceladus - Recent Cassini images of Enceladus at high phase show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers above the south polar region of Enceladus.
Nov 28, 2005: Enceladus Plume Raw Preview - This image of Enceladus was taken by Cassini on November 27, 2005.

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