Secrets of Saturn’s Icy Moons

Enceladus, one of Saturn’s many moons has revealed some secrets. The neighbourhood around Saturn is cold and inhospitable. The rings of Saturn are mainly ice, as are the many moons that orbit it. The Cassini probe has been gathering data that shows this ice has a warm heart. Massive geysers have been spouting from cracks at Enceladus’s poles called “tiger stripes”, evidence of a huge underground ocean.

Enceladus, the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, seen shooting geysers water into space from its south polar region in this mosaic composite photograph.

Michael Benson