CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Here Come the Warm Jets

In a paper to be published in the journal Nature tomorrow, two imaging scientists report the discovery that the jets of Enceladus erupt from the hottest locales on its south polar cap, and predict that additional hot spots are yet to be found. [Press announcement here.]

Oct 10, 2007: Jet Blue - Cassini imaging scientists used views like this one to help them identify the source locations for individual jets spurting ice particles, water vapor and trace organic compounds from the surface of Enceladus.
Oct 10, 2007: Enceladus Jet Sources - This map of the south polar region of Enceladus shows the correlation between jet sources identified in Cassini imaging data and hot spots on the surface located by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument.

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