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[Boiler Plate]

Second large moon of Saturn. The brightest and smoothest known body in the solar system. Has active ice geysers that feed Saturn's rings and enter its atmosphere (making it the only Moon to affect its parent's composition) and neighboring moons.


Timeline[edit | edit source]

100 Million Years Ago[edit | edit source]

It is possible that Enceladus formed at this time or later. This may have been enough time for life to develop though.

Earlier History[edit | edit source]

Enceladus likely didn't exist, or existed elsewhere. At some point, other moons may have existed. These may have been involved in a collision and formed a debris disk, with Enceladus and its neighbors forming from the remains.

Later History[edit | edit source]

  • Discovered in 1789 by William Herschel.

1900 AD[edit | edit source]

Enceladus was the second known moon from Saturn out of 9, also known as Saturn II.

Modern History[edit | edit source]

  • Visited by Voyager 1 and 2 in the 1980s.
  • Cassini flybys started in 2005, discovering plumes venting from the south polar region.
  • Evidence

Today[edit | edit source]

Enceladus Web Pages[edit | edit source]

Space Blogger[edit | edit source]

MSNBC Commentary[edit | edit source]

Proposed Particle Collector Mission -

Enceladus Places in the News[edit | edit source]

See also Space Places in the News

  • Tiger Stripes - Four parallel ridges on Enceladus related to cryovolcanism.
  • Labtayt Sulci - A system of deep fractures on Enceladus first discovered by Voyager 1 and then photographed in detail by Cassini. It is about 164 km long, 4 km wide, and 1 km deep.

Enceladus In The News[edit | edit source]

Cassini Science in the News[edit | edit source]

March 2008 Flyby[edit | edit source]

  • Nearby (30 miles) flyby over more active south pole close enough to "taste" Enceladus's plumes.
  • Cosmic Dust Analyzer instrument malfunctioned during flyby.
  • Went through icy geysers at an altitude of 120 miles
  • Found the north pole much more ancient than south pole

Eccentric Orbit Causes Internal Heat (May 2007)[edit | edit source]

All Ingrediants Needed For Life Present (Dec 2009)[edit | edit source]

Enceladus has Earth-Like Crust Spreading (Dec 2009)[edit | edit source]

Also, volcanism may have been started by a comet impact millions of years ago

Geysers Shouldn't Exist, but There They Are (Jan 2009)[edit | edit source]

General Articles (Apr 2009)[edit | edit source]

Sodium Detected by Cassini in Enceladus Geyser (Apr 2009)[edit | edit source]

Freeze-Thaw Cycle Possible (May 2009)[edit | edit source]

Recreating Ice Found on Distant Worlds (Jun 2009)[edit | edit source]

Cassini Images Enceladus Eclipse of Mimas (Jun 2009)[edit | edit source]

Conflicting Evidence for Salts in Saturn's Enceladus-fed E Ring (Jul 2009)[edit | edit source]

Model of Interior With Ammonia Explains Ocean (Jul 2009)[edit | edit source]

Ammonia Found in Plumes at Enceladus (May-Jul 2009)[edit | edit source]

"Announced (May 2009)

"Released (Jul 2009)

UTSA Paper Suggests Liquid Water (Aug 2009)[edit | edit source]

Enceladus E-13 Flyby, Measures Greater Heat (Jan 2011)[edit | edit source]

See also Mimas, Helene

Produces Much More Heat than Expected (Mar 2011)[edit | edit source]

This strengthens the case for a liquid ocean, raises possibility of microbes.

Enceladus Causes Aurora's on Saturn (Apr 2011)[edit | edit source]

See Saturn, Io, Triton

Named Most Likely Place For Life By SETI (May 2011)[edit | edit source]

Evidence of Frozen Salty Ocean (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

Article in Nature offers most compelling evidence for a salt frozen ocean, caused in part by tidal stresses from Dione and Tethys

Carolyn Porco Says Its Most Likely Place to Find Life (Jun 2011)[edit | edit source]

Enceladus Source of Water in Saturn's Upper Atmosphere (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

Age Could be 100 Million Years (Mar 2016)[edit | edit source]

A Porous Core May Heat the Ocean (Nov 2017)[edit | edit source]

Cassini Photography in the News[edit | edit source]

Photos Released for Holidays (Dec 2010)[edit | edit source]

See also Enceladus

Video of Cassini Flyby in Outside In Imax Project (Mar 2011)[edit | edit source]

See also Saturn, Mimas, Enceladus, Titan, Hyperion, Iapetus

Saturn, Titan, Enceladus, and Pandora Image (Mar 2011)[edit | edit source]

See also Saturn, Titan, Pandora

Black Saturn and Three Moons (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

See also Rhea, Saturn, Dione

Enceladus Blasting Rings (Feb 2018)[edit | edit source]

Titan Saturn System Mission in the News[edit | edit source]

Titan orbiter would tour the Saturn system, including Enceladus, before orbiting Titan

About to Choose Between Saturn and Jupiter Missions (Jan 2009)[edit | edit source]

See Jupiter, Europa, Ganymede, Saturn, Titan, Enceladus

Europa Mission Chosen (Feb 2009)[edit | edit source]

See Jupiter, Europa, Ganymede, Saturn, Titan, Enceladus

Future Enceladus Exploration in the News[edit | edit source]

NASA Decadal Survey Town Hall Approaching (Apr 2011)[edit | edit source]

See also Mars, Europa, Uranus, Venus, Moon

Private Exploration of Enceladus (Nov 2017)[edit | edit source]

Could Be Too Soft to Land On (Jan 2018)[edit | edit source]

Earth-Bound Studies in the News[edit | edit source]

Microbes Could Survive in Enceladus-Like Environments (Feb 2018)[edit | edit source]

Feature Articles[edit | edit source]

Exobiology Update (May 2011)[edit | edit source]

See also Mars, Venus, Europa, Titan, Themis, Cybele
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