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Cassini’s Latest: Flight by Three Moons

29 Mar 2012, 04:45 UTC
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More news from ‘THE’ ringed planet. –Ben Cassini’s Latest: Flight by Three Moons March 28, 2011 Dear Friends and Colleagues, Yesterday and early this morning, Cassini completed, in rapid succession, flybys of three Saturnian moons: a very close encounter with Enceladus, and reasonably close flybys of one of the co-orbital moons, Janus, and its medium-sized [...]

More news from ‘THE’ ringed planet.
–Ben
Cassini’s Latest: Flight by Three Moons
March 28, 2011
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Yesterday and early this morning, Cassini completed, in rapid succession, flybys of three Saturnian moons: a very close encounter with Enceladus, and reasonably close flybys of one of the co-orbital moons, Janus, and its medium-sized moon, Dione. Though we’ve been in orbit around Saturn for nearly 8 years now, we still continue to image these moons for mapping purposes and, in the case of Enceladus, to learn as much as we can about its famous jets and the subterranean, organic-rich, salty, liquid water chamber from which we believe they erupt.
Check out our raw, unprocessed images from all three flybys here:
http://www.ciclops.org/view_event/169/Enceladus_Janus_and_Dione_Rev_163_Raw_Preview?js=1
And for my take on just why Enceladus is /the/ place, in all the solar system, most deserving of immediate flagship-scale ...

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