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The Cassini spacecraft could be at risk of damage when it makes its next closest approach to the moon Enceladus. Mission managers have warned that the larger particles of dust and ice emanating from the southern pole of Enceladus pose a real threat to the craft. Enceladus, and all that dust. Credit: Ciclops Enceladus, and all …

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JP

You sure the odds are right?

Those odds aren't exactly astronomical...

Coat please...

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Lies, Damn Lies and Odds

How on earth do they calculate the odds of such things? Is there a department at NASA calculating odds.

Shouldn't this story be under Odds and Sods?

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Pendantry

"The craft is due to pass the Moon next March..."

Unless there's a classified experimental engine on that thing, surely it's due to pass the _m_oon next March...

But hey, who named our moon "the Moon" anyway? You'd think they didn't know there were other ones...Oh.

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Anonymous Coward

@Pendantry

While you're being PEDANTIC, you might want to double check your spelling :)

Pendantry? Is that some sort of science dedicated to the study of necklaces?

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Odds

Anyone want a tenner at 500-1 that it crashes?

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Prediction: Jets are an Electrical Discharge Which Will Damage Cassini's Electronics

I think that these jets are more like an electrical discharge, something like an Aurora, which could damage Cassini's electronics.

Watch this space.........

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Anonymous Coward

Electric jets, fountains and plumes

They certainly don't look like typical volcanic ejecta. Electrical discharge jets seem to have been suggested by others too, try a Google search for "Jets of Enceladus", and also "Fountains in vacuum: Enceladus"

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