Fractured Enceladus

On March 09, 2005 the Cassini space probe flew by Enceladus, capturing new images of the bright white moon of Saturn. The lack of craters in some regions and intense fracturing suggest past tectonic activity and resurfacing, though neither activity has been confirmed yet.

While scientists try to figure out what they are seeing in the returned images, Cassini is heading for two more flybys of Titan on March 31 and April 16, 2005. Cassini will return to Enceladus on July 14, 2005.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona.