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Experiment Shows Microbes Could Thrive on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Experiment Shows Microbes Could Thrive on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Enceladus is one of the most fascinating objects in the Solar System. Parked in orbit around Saturn, the ice-covered moon features a warm subterranean ocean and the basic chemical ingredients for life. But could alien microbes actually survive there? A new experiment suggests the answer is yes.

Warm Water Has Existed on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for Potentially Billions of Years Warm Water Has Existed on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for Potentially Billions of Years

If you were to fly over Enceladus’ southernmost regions, you’d witness a remarkable sight. With surprising frequency, this ice-covered moon spurts a plume of water into space—a telltale sign that a global ocean lies underneath. Scientists have struggled to explain how such a tiny moon could sustain enough energy to…

The Cassini Team Reflects on How it Feels to Say Goodbye to Their Spacecraft The Cassini Team Reflects on How it Feels to Say Goodbye to Their Spacecraft

Yesterday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slammed into the day side of Saturn, the brief flash of its vaporization marking the end of a 13-year mission. But it took people to turn this hunk of aluminum and silicon into an extension of our curiosity.

Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Toxic Booze On Its Breath Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Toxic Booze On Its Breath

You think you have it rough because you spent the weekend eating tequila-soaked watermelon? That’s Juicy Juice compared to what Saturn’s moon Enceladus has been steeping itself in. Astronomers have spotted the organic molecule methanol surrounding the icy moon. Methanol, in case you forgot, is a highly toxic form of…

A Wild Origin Story For Saturn’s Most Mysterious Moon A Wild Origin Story For Saturn’s Most Mysterious Moon

Enceladus is having a moment: ever since NASA announced it had all the basic ingredients to support life, people have become interested in the unusual Saturnian moon. In addition to hiding a warm subterranean ocean beneath its crust, Enceladus produces enough energy from its hydrothermal vents that could…

What Would Life On Saturn's Moon Enceladus Look Like? What Would Life On Saturn's Moon Enceladus Look Like?

After NASA’s announcement last week, Enceladus is the icy moon on everyone’s mind—not that are are many others (sorry, Europa). According to the agency, molecular hydrogen has been found in Enceladus’ subterranean ocean, which bolsters the idea that the icy moon could host extraterrestrial microbes. Despite Enceladus’…

Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has the Basic Ingredients For Life Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has the Basic Ingredients For Life

Saturn’s moon Enceladus features a warm subterranean ocean covered in ice. In an extraordinary new finding, scientists have confirmed the existence of a chemical energy source within this moon’s water that’s capable of sustaining living organisms here on Earth. Enceladus is now officially the best place beyond Earth…

A Wild New Hypothesis for How Saturn's Moon Enceladus Got Its Geysers A Wild New Hypothesis for How Saturn's Moon Enceladus Got Its Geysers

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is a beautiful mystery. Though it looks like a lonely ice ball, this moon is concealing what’s probably an underground ocean, engulfing a rocky core. In fact, Enceladus’s south pole contains active jets that shoot out water vapor and icy particles from this ocean, which were first observed by…

An Exciting Discovery May Be Lurking in This Voyager Photo of Saturn An Exciting Discovery May Be Lurking in This Voyager Photo of Saturn

In news that reminds us it’s definitely worth dusting off old photos once in a while, one amateur astronomer thinks he’s spotted geysers erupting from the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus....in images taken by the Voyager 1 probe in 1980.

NASA Plans to Drill Into Europa's Crust In Search of Life NASA Plans to Drill Into Europa's Crust In Search of Life

Since early 2016, a NASA-employed Science Definition Team (SDT) of 21 researchers has been crafting a plan to send a robotic probe to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, located over 390 million miles from Earth. On February 7th, that team delivered their first report to NASA, detailing their recommendations for that…

Our Next Trip to Saturn Will Be to Search for Alien Life Our Next Trip to Saturn Will Be to Search for Alien Life

As the Cassini spacecraft executes its final daredevil maneuvers, scientists on both sides of the Atlantic are already thinking about the next mission to Saturn. But this time around, nobody’s talking about studying the gas giant itself. They’re talking about hunting for life in Saturn’s rings.

Another One of Saturn's Moons May Have a Global Ocean Another One of Saturn's Moons May Have a Global Ocean

The evidence is mounting that our solar system is rife with oceans. Last week, scientists reported that Pluto could have an insanely deep liquid water swimming pool beneath its surface, and on Monday, NASA revealed new evidence for geyser activity on icy Europa. Now, another frozen moon is poised to join the club of…

Hubble Discovers New Evidence of Water Geysers on Europa Hubble Discovers New Evidence of Water Geysers on Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa is on the shortlist of places we might discover alien life in our solar system. And today, the prospects for finding extraterrestrial microbes on this little ice moon got a lot better, when NASA unveiled new evidence for water geysers near Europa’s south pole. The discovery strengthens the case…

Our Solar System Could Remain Habitable Long After Earth Is Destroyed Our Solar System Could Remain Habitable Long After Earth Is Destroyed

In a few billion years, the oceans will boil away and the atmosphere will burn up as our sun expands into a red giant. It’ll be game-over for life on Earth, but in the outer solar system, the party will just be getting started. Europa and Enceladus will melt into ocean moons, offering a refuge for any post humanoid…

Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas Are Glorious Orbiting Saturn Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas Are Glorious Orbiting Saturn

We’ve been getting some fantastic images from the Cassini Spacecraft this year as it orbits Saturn, and one of its latest image from the ringed planet is no less stunning.

A Half-Lit Enceladus Looks Stunning In This Latest Image From Cassini A Half-Lit Enceladus Looks Stunning In This Latest Image From Cassini

The Cassini-Huygens mission released a stunning new picture of Saturn’s moon Enceladus at half phase.

We Still Don't Understand These Spots on Saturn's Moon, and We're Not Going Back We Still Don't Understand These Spots on Saturn's Moon, and We're Not Going Back

The Cassini spacecraft made its final close flyby of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus in December, releasing its final up-close look at these weird little spots last week. Discovered over a decade ago, we’re still trying to work out exactly how these spots formed.

Can You Find the Third Moon in this Glorious View from Saturn? Can You Find the Third Moon in this Glorious View from Saturn?

We know the Cassini spacecraft around Saturn took this photo of a trio of moons. Rhea and Enceladus are easy to spy bracketing Saturn’s rings. So fess up: Which one of you stole Atlas?

When Enceladus And Tethys Align, Fantastic Pictures Happen When Enceladus And Tethys Align, Fantastic Pictures Happen

The Cassini spacecraft has snapped one brilliant picture: Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Tethys in alignment above their parent planet’s rings.

Check Out This Amazing Feature To Explore Saturn's System Check Out This Amazing Feature To Explore Saturn's System

This is really cool: the New York Times has put together a really astounding interactive feature that lets you explore Saturn and its moons through NASA’s probes.

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