Enceladus Final Flybys
NASA's Cassini spacecraft completed its final three flybys of Enceladus. The little moon stunned scientists with the revelation it harbors a global ocean under its icy shell, active geysers of water-ice feeding one of Saturn's rings and the first tantalizing signs of hydrothermal activity beyond Earth. All these discoveries have vaulted Enceladus to one of the top future destinations for exploration and the search for signs of potential life beyond Earth.
Use the resources in this toolkit to make the most of Cassini's grand farewell to Enceladus.
What has scientists so stoked about Enceladus? Here are some of the most intriguing findings scientists have made about Enceladus using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.
- October 14, 2015: Cassini captured great views of the moon's north polar regions during this flyby at an altitude of 1,142 miles, or 1,839 kilometers.
- October 25, 2015: Cassini made a daring flight through the moon's famous plume only 30 miles (48 kilometers) above Enceladus' south pole. The flyby is Cassini's deepest-ever dive through the jets. The encounter allowed Cassini to obtain the most accurate measurements yet of the plume's composition, and new insights into the ocean world beneath the ice.
- December 19, 2015: Cassini's final targeted flyby measured heat flow from the moon's interior at an altitude of 3,106 miles, or 4,999 kilometers.
- A Decade of Discovery: a Timeline of Science at Enceladus
- Top 10 Enceladus Science Results
- Previous Enceladus Encounters
About the Mission
- Cassini Mission Homepage
- Cassini Grand Finale Handout (PDF, 3.28 MB)
- @CassiniSaturn (Twitter)
- Cassini Raw Image Gallery
- Cassini Mission Enceladus Image Gallery
- Planetary Photojournal Enceladus Image Gallery
- Bring the Flyby Into Your Classroom: Enceladus Teachable Moment
- Slideshow Infographic: 8 Real World Science Facts About Saturn's Moon Enceladus
- Printable Infographic: 8 Real World Science Facts About Saturn's Moon Enceladus (PDF, 34.76 MB)
- All About Enceladus
- Enceladus Lithograph (PDF, 1.69 MB)