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Saturn’s moon rains water onto Saturn[EarthSky]
06-13-2012, 04:32 PM,
Saturn’s moon rains water onto Saturn[EarthSky]

[Image: enceladus_300.jpg]

Once again proving that the universe is not only curiouser than we suppose, but curiouser than we can suppose, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced last summer (July 26, 2011) that water expelled from one of Saturn’s moons rains onto Saturn.

ESA’s Herschel space observatory – a large infrared space telescope, stationed at the second Lagrange point of the sun-Earth system – helped make the discovery. It found that water from Enceladus forms a giant torus of water vapor around Saturn.

Here’s what we knew prior to 2011 about water from Enceladus. In 2009, the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera found at least four distinct plumes of water ice spewing out from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, as shown in the awesome image below.

[Image: enceladus.jpeg]
06-13-2012, 08:38 PM,
RE: Saturn’s moon rains water onto Saturn[EarthSky]
Those are clearly polar thrusters used to keep the moon in a stable orbit. This, I believe, is conclusive proof that our solar system is not as "perfectly balanced" as contemporary science would suggest.
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