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Mark6
8th March 2011, 06:47 AM
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-067&cid=release_2011-67


Heat output from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus is much greater than was previously thought possible, according to a new analysis of data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research on March 4.

Data from Cassini's composite infrared spectrometer of Enceladus' south polar terrain, which is marked by linear fissures, indicate that the internal heat-generated power is about 15.8 gigawatts, approximately 2.6 times the power output of all the hot springs in the Yellowstone region, or comparable to 20 coal-fueled power stations. This is more than an order of magnitude higher than scientists had predicted, according to Carly Howett, the lead author of study, who is a postdoctoral researcher at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., and a composite infrared spectrometer science team member.

MG1962
8th March 2011, 07:55 AM
Hmmmmmm is it life Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it. lol

Soapy Sam
8th March 2011, 09:41 AM
Bonfires on the ice.

Just Wonderful
15th March 2011, 08:53 PM
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-067&cid=release_2011-67


Pretty awesome .:eye-poppi

LarianLeQuella
16th March 2011, 07:32 AM
Hmmmmmm is it life Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it. lol

Curse you! Now I have that song stuck in my head! :mad:

C_Felix
16th March 2011, 07:59 AM
Curse you! Now I have that song stuck in my head! :mad:

Bodly going foward, b/c we can't find reverse!

Not trying to de-rail, but, I never understood why the Enterprise, or Defiant, or Voyager...etc...when stuck in a dire situation, like in the newest movie, when the Scimitar is being sucked into the black hole, and Scotty suggests ejecting the warp core and surfing the shockwave out...

Wouldn't they get more power from turning the ship 180 degrees and using the ship's regular impulse engines?

(Granted, I don't know if the regular impulse engines have reverse mode; I don't thin they do. Or if they have ones in the front to push them backwards.)



To address the subject in the OP.
I'm sure Saturn's gravity is kneeding Enceladus' interior like a 20 year old virgin getting his hands on, for the first time, a pair of DDs.

LarianLeQuella
16th March 2011, 08:07 AM
I'm sure Saturn's gravity is kneeding Enceladus' interior like a 20 year old virgin getting his hands on, for the first time, a pair of DDs.

That made me laugh! Thanks! :D