Special Perspectives

Enceladus: Cosmic Gymnast, Volatile Miniworld

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Science  10 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5766, pp. 1389-1391
DOI: 10.1126/science.1124495

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Abstract

The exploration of Saturn by the Cassini/Huygens mission has yielded a rich collection of data about the planet and its rings and moons, in particular its small satellite Enceladus and giant satellite Titan. Once believed too small to be active, Enceladus has been found to be one of the most geologically dynamic objects in the solar system. Among the surprises are a watery, gaseous plume; a south polar hot spot; and a surface marked by deep canyons and thick flows.

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