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Enceladus

Enceladus (/ɛnˈsɛlədəs/) en-SEL-ə-dəs; is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. It is about 500 km in diameter, about a tenth of that of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Enceladus is mostly covered by fresh, clean ice, making it one of the most reflective bodies of the solar system. Consequently, its surface temperature at noon only reaches , far colder than a light-absorbing body would be. Despite its small size, Enceladus has a wide range of surface features, ranging from old, heavily cratered regions to young, tectonically deformed terrains that formed as recently as 100 million years ago.

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The Ice World

This picture of Enceladus, Saturn's moon, is rife with ice sheets that act somewhat like tectonic plates. Cryovolcanoes on the surface shoot large amounts of water into outer space. Scientists believe that Enceladus has a steaming liquid interior.

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