There May Be Hydrothermal Activity (and Life) Beneath the Ocean of One of Saturn’s Icy Moons

by Owen James Burke

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Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Cassini spaceship has found the first evidence of hot-water chemistry beyond planet earth on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, making way for implications that it could be hospitable to life.

Tiny rock fragments picked up in in space were studied for four years before scientists concluded that the grains were most likely formed from minerals deposited by geysers at a temperature around 194° F (90° C).

“These findings add to the possibility that Enceladus, which contains a subsurface ocean and displays remarkable geologic activity, could contain environments suitable for living organisms,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Read more at NASA — OJB

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