Cassini Completes Deepest-Ever Dive Through the Icy Plume of Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft completed its deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Enceladus on October 28, 2015. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Cassini Spacecraft has completed the deepest-ever dive through through the icy plume of Enceladus.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its close flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus today, passing 30 miles (49 kilometers) above the moon’s south polar region at approximately 8:22 a.m. PDT (11:22 a.m. EDT). Mission controllers established two-way communication with the spacecraft this afternoon and expect it to begin transmitting data from the encounter this evening. Images are anticipated in the next 24 to 48 hours.

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