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The Universe in 101 words: Why should we return to Enceladus?

8 Jul 2017, 00:53 UTC
The Universe in 101 words: Why should we return to Enceladus?
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Above: The dwarf planet Ceres, which is suspected of having once held an underground ocean. Um. It doesn't teally turn in that way.Our solar system is, well, awash with ocean worlds. And, thanks to the Cassini mission, we've gotten to know one really well: Enceladus, 500km wide moon of Saturn.So what's it like?Dark - the ocean's covered in 20km of ice - but maybe not totally black: There's volcanic activity on the ocean floor, like the white smoker vents of earth, so there'd be the dim glow of volcanism. More importantly the salty, alkaline, water contains organic chemicals and hydrogen - food for possible micro-life.Cassini's mission is nearly over - but its now hard to imagine us not returning to Enceladus....You've read our science facts - have you tried our science fiction? You can pick up our book on Kindle, or as a paperback, by following this link..."Like Phillip K Dick tweeting" - Tageblatt magazine ...or, if you'd like to help us do things like podcasts, animations, and videos here why not... Above: Enceladus.

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