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Complex Organics Bubble ­p from Enceladus


Icy plumes, Enceladus

A dramatic plume sprays water ice and vapor from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Cassini's first hint of this plume came during the spacecraft's first close flyby of the icy moon on February 17, 2005.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean world hosts conditions suitable for life.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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