Identification of a Dynamic Atmosphere at Enceladus with the Cassini Magnetometer

  title={Identification of a Dynamic Atmosphere at Enceladus with the Cassini Magnetometer},
  author={M. Dougherty and K. Khurana and F. Neubauer and C. Russell and J. Saur and J. Leisner and M. E. Burton},
  pages={1406 - 1409}
  • M. Dougherty, K. Khurana, +4 authors M. E. Burton
  • Published 2006
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
  • The Cassini magnetometer has detected the interaction of the magnetospheric plasma of Saturn with an atmospheric plume at the icy moon Enceladus. This unanticipated finding, made on a distant flyby, was subsequently confirmed during two follow-on flybys, one very close to Enceladus. The magnetometer data are consistent with local outgassing activity via a plume from the surface of the moon near its south pole, as confirmed by other Cassini instruments. 
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