This illustration shows Saturns icy moon Enceladus with the plume of ice particles, water vapor and organic molecules that sprays from fractures in the moons south polar region.

This illustration shows Saturn's icy moon Enceladus with the plume of ice particles, water vapor and organic molecules that sprays from fractures in the moon's south polar region.

A cutaway version of this graphic is also available, showing the moon's interior ocean and hydrothermal activity — both of which were discovered by NASA's Cassini mission (see PIA20013).

This global view was created using a Cassini-derived map of Enceladus (see PIA18435).

More information about Enceladus is available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/saturn-moons/enceladus/in-depth/. For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/overview/.

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