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Cassini to Capture Clues from Saturn's Icy Moon

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Cassini to Capture Clues from Saturn's Icy Moon

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Cassini to Capture Clues from Saturn's Icy Moon

Cassini to Capture Clues from Saturn's Icy Moon

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This photo released by NASA on March 9, 2006, shows the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus as seen from the Cassini spacecraft. Three years after Yellowstone-like geysers were spied on the icy moon, the international spacecraft is poised to plunge through the mysterious plumes March 12, 2008, to learn whether the environment can support life. NASA, JPL, Space Science Institute/AP hide caption

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This photo released by NASA on March 9, 2006, shows the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus as seen from the Cassini spacecraft. Three years after Yellowstone-like geysers were spied on the icy moon, the international spacecraft is poised to plunge through the mysterious plumes March 12, 2008, to learn whether the environment can support life.

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The Cassini spacecraft is on track Wednesday to skim past Saturn's moon, Enceladus, right through the plume of an "ice geyser" that is throwing material out into space. The volcano may be fed by an underground ocean. Scientists recently discovered that Enceladus has a thin atmosphere, and they say it is the sort of place that theoretically could support some form of life.