Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer: Enceladus Plume Composition and Structure

@article{Waite2006CassiniIA,
  title={Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer: Enceladus Plume Composition and Structure},
  author={J Hunter Waite and Michael Combi and W-H. Ip and Thomas E. E. Cravens and Ralph L. McNutt and Wayne T. Kasprzak and Roger V. Yelle and Janet G. Luhmann and Hasso B. Niemann and David A. Gell and Brian A. Magee and Greg Fletcher and Jonathan I. Lunine and Wei-Ling Tseng},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={311},
  pages={1419 - 1422}
}
  • J Hunter Waite, Michael Combi, +11 authors Wei-Ling Tseng
  • Published 2006
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Science
  • The Cassini spacecraft passed within 168.2 kilometers of the surface above the southern hemisphere at 19:55:22 universal time coordinated on 14 July 2005 during its closest approach to Enceladus. Before and after this time, a substantial atmospheric plume and coma were observed, detectable in the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) data set out to a distance of over 4000 kilometers from Enceladus. INMS data indicate that the atmospheric plume and coma are dominated by water, with… CONTINUE READING

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