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Enceladus is a Powerhouse
Topic: Enceladus
03/12/11
New research shows that the heat output from the south polar region of Enceladus is greater than previously thought possible. The findings could have implications for the possibility of habitable environments persisting on the tiny moon of Saturn.

A Fizzy Ocean on Enceladus
Topic: Enceladus
01/29/11
In 2005, Cassini spotted plumes erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Since then scientists have debated whether or not the tiny moon has a liquid ocean beneath its surface. New data indicates that not only does Enceladus have a liquid ocean, but it may be fizzy like a soft drink and friendly to microbial life.

Cassini Finds Warm Cracks on Enceladus
Topic: Enceladus
12/03/10
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has caught a view of active fissures through the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The web of warm fractures is more complicated than previously thought, and could provide clues about the potential for habitable environments beneath the moon's surface.

Wobble Keeps Enceladus Ocean Liquid
Topic: Enceladus
10/10/10
As Enceladus orbits Saturn, it wobbles slightly. This small but periodic shift might be enough to explain the liquid water ocean that scientists think may exist beneath the small moon's icy crust.

A Plethora of Plumes
Topic: Enceladus
02/24/10
Newly released images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal a forest of new jets spraying from prominent fractures on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Relatively warm temperatures were also observed along fractures, potentially caused by water vapor propelling the ice-particle jets of the plumes.

Astrobiology Top 10: Hot Debate over Icy Moon
Topic: Enceladus
12/24/09
Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2009, highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 10 is a debate about icy plumes emanating from Saturn´s tiny moon, Enceladus. Are the plumes evidence that the moon could have a liquid water ocean beneath the ice? (This story originally was published on October 08, 2009).

Hot Debate over Icy Moon
Topic: Enceladus
10/08/09
The Cassini spacecraft spotted plumes of water vapor erupting from the south pole of Saturn´s moon Enceladus. The discovery has set off a heated debate over whether this tiny frigid moon has an ocean beneath the ice.

How Enceladus Got Its Stripes
Topic: Enceladus
07/21/09
A new study has revealed the origin of Enceladus' tiger stripes and subsurface ocean. These features are not the result of the moon having a hot core, and are instead caused by Enceladus' unusual chemical composition.

Salty Ocean on Enceladus
Topic: Enceladus
06/30/09
A new discovery at Enceladus could have implications for the potential for life on the Saturnian moon. Researchers have found that the large plume of water spurting from the moon is likely fed by a salty, subsurface ocean.

Astrobiology Top 10: Organic Brew on Enceladus
Topic: Enceladus
12/31/08
Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2008, highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 3 is the discovery of water and organic chemicals on Saturn´s moon, Enceladus. If this tiny moon has liquid water and organic chemistry, could it also have life? (This story originally was published on March 29, 2008).

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