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Saturn: May 2012



Recent findings from NASA's Cassini mission reveal that Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus provides a special laboratory for watching unusual behavior of plasma, or hot ionized gas. In these recent findings, some Cassini scientists think they have observed "dusty plasma," a condition theorized but not previously observed on site, near Enceladus.


Saturn's moons Daphnis and Pan demonstrate their effects on the planet's rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft.


This image was taken on May 06, 2012 and received on Earth May 07, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Titan at approximately 475,131 miles (764,649 kilometers) away.