Hidden ocean under surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could harbor life

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus is home to an ocean of melted water beneath its surface, and could be a source for alien microbes, scientists said Thursday.   The first measurements of the subsurface water at the south pole of the small and icy moon were made by the US space agency’s Cassini spacecraft, and are described in the journal Science.   The body of water is about the size of Lake Superior, the second largest lake on Earth, and has a rocky bottom which could create conditions that allow tiny life forms to thrive.   Researchers first raised the possibility of a below-ground ocean on Enceladus in 2005, after water vapor was detected spewing from vents near the moon’s southern pole.   “Material from Enceladus’ south polar jets contains salty water and organic molecules, the basic chemical ingredients for life,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA.…MORE

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