Saturn’s Enceladus –“A Vast, Erupting Ocean World Favorable for Life”

Saturn's Enceladus

 

“Future spacecraft missions will sample the plumes looking for signs of life, many of which will be affected just by the eruption process,” said University of Washington astrophysicist Lucas Fifer of plumes erupting hundreds of miles into space from the ocean through cracks in Enceladus’s ice-encased surface. providing a tantalizing glimpse into what the moon’s subsurface ocean might contain. “So, understanding the difference between the ocean and the plume now will be a huge help down the road.”

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