Headlines > News > Two more active moons around Saturn

Two more active moons around Saturn

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:27 pm
Share
More share options
Tools

BNSC Press Release:
Erupting volcanoes could explain new discoveries made on two of Saturn’s moons.

The Cassini mission to the ringed planet has detected streams of particles coming from Tethys and Dione. These particles become part of Saturn’s plasma – an electrically charged gas trapped inside the planet’s magnetic field.

Among Saturn’s inner moons, only Enceladus was known to be active until this result. Its huge geysers spray gases hundreds of kilometres above the moon’s surface.

Dr Andrew Coates of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London works on the mission. He said: “This new result seems to be a strong indication that there is activity on Tethys and Dione as well.”

For more information visit: http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMW43FVL2F_index_0.html

Feel free to discuss this article in the forum…

No comments
Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this article!
Leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
© 2014 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use