Intro: Welcome to The Astroholic explains first Christmas special. It’s not what we usually do but we hope you’ll find it equally interesting and engaging. Here is “Saturn’s Last Soul.” Enjoy.
Narrator – Twas the night before Christmas, and all around Saturn, not a soul was stirring…well, that’s not true. We, dear listeners, are about to visit the frozen surface of Enceladus, one of the most fascinating worlds in our solar system. Intrepid explorers are on a long-term mission to study this moon, and this Christmas they are separated from Earth in two ways.
It is a peculiar time. The super-conjunction, when Saturn and Earth are on opposite sides of the Sun, cutting out direct communication from Earth for a few days. And, as the bells in St Peter square marked Christmas, Enceladus swiftly moved into the shadow of its planet, severing the astronauts from the Deep Space Network, with no way to call home.
Four humans are on this world. One in the base. Alone and worried. Three outside on the surface, collecting fragments of a recent meteor shower which scarred the ice. Underneath the glacial exterior, there is an ever-changing ocean stirred by volcanic ...