Enceladus

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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Organic Brew on Enceladus
    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
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  • Enceladus Evolving
    Cassini's most recent flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus has provided more evidence that the moon is an active world. Jets of water vapor and ice have been seen erupting from Enceladus, and new data shows the moon may have Earth-like tectonics.
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  • An Ocean on Enceladus
    New data from Cassini supports the theory that Saturn's moon Enceladus has liquid water beneath its surface. Water is essential for life, and determining locations of liquid water is the first step in the search for life in our solar system.
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  • The Ions and Isotopes of Enceladus
    Cassini will soon fly within 16 miles of Enceladus' surface to measure molecules in the Saturnian moon's environment. The data will provide insight into the early history of the solar system.
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  • Tracing Tiger Stripes
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has pinpointed where Enceladus' icy jets erupt from at the moon's surface. The new images may help reveal what type of environment exists on the moon, and whether or not Enceladus could be a habitat for life.
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  • Ocean on Enceladus May Be Short-Lived
    Three years ago, surprising evidence came out for an ocean underneath the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. But a new report indicates just how hard it may be to keep water from freezing on this tiny moon.
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  • The Extraordinary Ecosystems of Enceladus
    Scientists discuss whether or not microbial life could survive inside Saturn's moon Enceladus. Based on observations of microbes on Earth that can live in environments absent of sunlight and oxygen, the researchers have outlined potential scenarios for how life might exist on the unique moon.
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  • Organic Brew on Enceladus
    Cassini has discovered that plumes from Saturn's moon Enceladus are 'hot' and brimming with water vapor and organic chemicals. The surprising discovery has important implications in the search for habitable environments in the Solar System.
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  • A Brief Enceladus Shower
    Earlier this month, NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a daring flight through the icy water jets of Enceladus. The data gathered might tell us if the moon harbors a water ocean or organics beneath its surface.
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  • The Enceladus Enigma
    Plumes of water and dust that spout from the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus have intrigued scientists ever since the Cassini spacecraft first captured images of the phenomenon. Now, new information may help scientists determine how the massive geysers are formed.
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