Thursday, March 09, 2006

Fountains of Enceladus

"Recent Cassini images of Saturn's moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region. "

Hmm. It seems to me that since this moon is throwing free samples of its internal material into space, that we should take advantage of that fact and send a sample-return mission that way as soon as we can. Grabbing some alien seawater without all the trouble of having to land, drill through ice, return to orbit etc. is a no-brainer.

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