Enceladus Spits Fumes, Scientists Awestruck

February 25th, 2010 - 8:35 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
saturn-spitting_1585506cFeb 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Cassini spacecraft of the Space agency has taken some close up photos of Enceladus, the sixth biggest moon of Saturn that have stunned the astronomers and space researchers. The captured images bear enough evidence that this moon of Saturn contains enough water. The images have been taken from a distance of 1,000 miles from Enceladus’s surface. As per the findings, the south pole of the planet has fractures that are literally bursting with water. NASA has got hold of the latest images taken by the spacecraft.

The images of the moon spitting fumes were recorded in November last year. The NASA scientists got the images on Wednesday and they were left spellbound by these images. The photos could give rise to the debate regarding the possibility of existence of life in remote planets which contain water. The astronomers who are fascinated by Saturn and its moons think that the time has come for unveiling the mysteries surrounding the planet. As a matter of fact, Enceladus has proved to be the most interesting moon of Saturn. The images have sparked the interest of the scientists further.

However, the scientists are yet to reach a conclusion about whether the existence of watery substance is enough to suggest the existence of life or not. Research is going on to determine if the icy surface of the Saturn’s moon hides an ocean beneath it. Cassini has been developed by the Italian Space Agency, the European Space Agency and NASA. The spacecraft has largely been successful in getting the details of Saturn and its various moons.

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