NASA (National Aerospace Agency) shared another discovery, made on the basis of the data received by the probe "Cassini" (Cassini). The researchers found evidence on the images sent by the probe that the sixth-largest satellite of Saturn, Enceladus, can rotate in an "overturned" state.
Apparently, Enceladus changed its position, displacing the axis of rotation, a line passing through the southern north pole, by about 55 degrees. Researchers believe that the reason for this was a collision with a smaller celestial body, such as an asteroid.
The area around the modern south pole is geologically active, near the center of the region are four faults surrounded by ridges. These faults are also known as "tiger stripes". According to the received data, these bands were earlier located closer to the equator. Also, experts note that geological activity in this area with a very low probability could begin because of some internal processes. In late April, "Cassini" began maneuvers, including 22 passes between Saturn and its inner ring. As a result of maneuvers, he finally plunges into the atmosphere on September 15, self-destructively planned. Nevertheless, it can fail even earlier. Recall, the probe "Cassini" was created by NASA in conjunction with the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. It is designed to explore Saturn, its rings and satellites. The probe was launched on October 15, 1997 and on July 1, 2004 entered the orbit of Saturn's satellite.