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Saturn's tides control Enceladus' plume

Data obtained by the Cassini spacecraft show that the plume of ice particles at the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus is four times brighter when the moon is farthest away from the planet than when it is closest. See Letter p.182

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Figure 1: Enceladus' ice-particle jets.



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