CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Diving Over Enceladus

The latest findings from Cassini's daring, very close flyby over the surface of Enceladus and through its south polar plume have affirmed previous suspicions of a plume composition rich in organics and more extensive hotter-than-average regions on its south polar terrain, with the warmest regions reaching temperatures at least 63 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than previously measured.

Mar 26, 2008: Jet Spots in Tiger Stripes - Heat radiating from the entire length of 150 kilometer (95 mile)-long fractures is seen in this best-yet heat map of the active south polar region of Saturn's ice moon Enceladus.
Mar 26, 2008: Stripes and Heat Map Side-by-Side - Cassiniís March 12, 2008, flyby of Enceladus provided the best view yet of the heat radiation from the active south pole of the satellite.
Mar 26, 2008: Enceladus Plume Neutral Mass Spectrum - The lower panel is a mass spectrum that shows the chemical constituents sampled in Enceladusí plume by Cassiniís Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer during its fly-through of the plume on Mar.

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