SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jet Blasts, Saturn Moon, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jet Blasts, Saturn Moon, More
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September 15, 2009--A Hollywood star couldn't ask for better lighting. Ready for its close-up, Saturn's moon Enceladus is brightly lit by the sun on one side (right) and softly illuminated by "Saturnshine"--sunlight reflected off its host planet--on the other, as seen in a recently released image captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter on June 26.

In 2005 Cassini revealed that ice-encrusted Enceladus spews plumes of frigid particles into space. Four years later the probe found that those same geysers sprinkle Saturn's rings with salt.
— Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
 
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