IRF scientists contribute to new findings about Saturn's moon Enceladus
Swedish and US scientists have studied observations from four satellite flybys of the small, icy moon Enceladus and found a high plasma density (both ions and electrons) in its plume, which is a complex structure of icy grains and neutral gas consisting mostly of water vapour. The plume is converted into charged particles that interact with the plasma filling Saturn's magnetosphere.
For more details, see the news item from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-149&cid=release_2012-149&msource=12149
Created 2012-06-01 13:41:20 by Rick McGregorLast changed 2012-11-06 11:19:18 by Rick McGregor