Enceladus

  • The Cassini mission has confirmed the presence of active jets of water ice that erupt from Saturn's moon, Enceladus. Scientists are looking at the ways in which a future mission to Enceladus could study this water for signs of life.
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  • Data from Cassini confirms that the Enceladus' forcast is set for ongoing snow flurries. The reseach indicates that the the plumes and their heat source on the moon are long-lived. This increases the liklihood that habitable environments might persist beneath the surface.
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  • Combining data from the Herschel Space Observatory with cloud models of Saturn has helped scientists understand how plumes of water vapor and ice from Enceladus affect the chemical composition of Saturn.
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  • New observations show that water expelled from the moon Enceladus forms a giant torus of water vapor around Saturn. Water is essential for life as we know it, and determining the locations and sources of water in the Solar System is important in the search
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  • Cassini has discovered new evidence for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturun's moon Enceladus.
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  • Data from Cassini has revealed that Saturn and its moon Enceladus are linked by powerful electrical currents. The study is helping astrobiologists further understand the nature of moons that orbit giant planets, and could yield clues about the potential for life on these small worlds.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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