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Cassini gears up for big fly by, and what will we do if there is life around KIC 8462852?

27 Oct 2015, 12:48 UTC
Cassini gears up for big fly by, and what will we do if there is life around KIC 8462852?
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If you've enjoyed this please share it on facebook, twitter, or whatever your favourite social media is. NASA gives a preview of historic Enceladus flyby:On Wednesday the 28th (tomorrow, as I write this) the Cassini spacecraft will fly through the geysers shooting out of the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Enceldaus is a major mystery in space exploration: This world is tiny, barely bigger than the main island of Britain, yet it has mysterious internal heat source that has melted a sea beneath it's icy surface. That sea is one of the most habitable environments we've discovered in our solar system - Jupiter's moon Europa is similar -  but unlike other icy worlds that have oceans, Enceladus' is actually leaking into space through the geysers at its south pole. This is why we've seen groups like groups like SETI  push to make Enceladus an exploration priority Since it will be a very, very long time before we can get another spaceship out to Saturn with the tools to explore this ocean, NASA is taking advantage of the geysers and flying its Cassini space craft straight through them, so Cassinis' sensors can get information on the oceans makeup. This is a ...

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