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:

Created 2012-06-01 13:41:20 by Rick McGregor
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The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute which conducts research and postgraduate education in atmospheric physics, space physics and space technology. Measurements are made in the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and around other planets with the help of ground-based equipment (including radar), stratospheric balloons and satellites. IRF was established (as Kiruna Geophysical Observatory) in 1957 and its first satellite instrument was launched in 1968. The head office is in Kiruna (geographic coordinates 67.84° N, 20.41° E) and IRF also has offices in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.