Cassini To Taste The Ice

This diagram shows tomorrow’s planned fly-by of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The NASA press release gives more details.

In short, Cassini will pass 30 miles over the moon’s surface. Particle analyzers will “taste” the outer regions of the polar plumes. Scientists will be looking to determine the relative purity of the ice particles, and how much dust is intermingled in them. By tomorrow we’ll know if Enceladus is salty, gritty, crunchy, sandy, or bland.

Cassini scientists have joined the blogosphere, too.

For the video crowd, there’s this mission summary.

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