NASA’s Spacecraft to Have a Closer Look at “Tiger Rings” Of Enceladus

NASA’s Spacecraft to Have a Closer Look at “Tiger Rings” Of Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft which is currently in the orbit of Saturn, has made its lowest pass yet over the south pole of Enceladus, an active moon of Saturn which may harbor a liquid water ocean. It is the largest moon of Saturn.

The data that would be available from the satellite would through some light on life being sustainable of that moon as there are speculations that it may have water o its south pole. The satellite would maneuver a flyby at an altitude of 74 km over the surface, which would allow the satellite to come in contact of the jets of ice and water vapor that gush from the moon's polar region. There have been many reports that suggest that these jets arise from the liquid ocean, which is hidden beneath the ice crust of Enceladus' shell.

The Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer instrument is being used in the satellite to bring out more facts about the composition and variability of theses clouds and jets of vapors. Earlier the scientist fount some traces of salt in these jets, after which they came to a conclusion that there is a possibility of liquid water ocean beneath the surface of the rocky core of the moon.

After that discovery, Enceladus has been a main target of many astronomers and scientists who are eager to learn more on the occurrence of these jets. It is said that the gravitational pull from the Saturn is the cause of these jets. Whatever the reason the presence of water vapors depicts there is a possibility of water on that moon. The search for alternate places for sustainability of life has been a big priority of scientists and the tiger strips on Enceladus have proven to be a vital place for its occurrence.


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