Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Saturn's moon farts, spacecraft collects gas

A spacecraft whizzed past Saturn's moon Enceladus Wednesday and through a huge geyser spurting from its south pole, collecting samples of ice and gas shooting about 500 miles into space.

Here's a funny part of this piece, at least if you know a little bit about classic rock.
Amanda Hendrix, a scientist involved in the mission from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said Cassini was passing as close as 30 miles above the surface, although not that close around the geysers.

I can't imagine how many times she's been asked if she's related to Jimi.

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