0518_ENCELADUS-b-sml [Cassini reveals details about charged ‘nanograins’ near Enceladus]

More than 30 individual plumes of different sizes spray ice out from many locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. This mosaic was created from two high-resolution images that were captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in November 2009 on one of three flybys that carried the spacecraft directly through the plumes and returned information about "nanograins" and other particles in the plumes.

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