Friday, June 26, 2009

Life on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

The Cassini-Huygens space probe is arguably one of the most important missions NASA ever sent out into the solar system, in terms of return benefits and information accuracy. The craft has thus far managed to discover new moons around Saturn, and to offer invaluable scientific data on interesting natural satellites such as Enceladus and Titan. Now, the spacecraft leads the way in the search for possible life on the planet, with its investigations on the mysterious gas and ice plumes that Enceladus is spewing into its atmosphere from its poles.

According to readings taken by Cassini, it may be that an entire Saturnine ring is made of salts emitted by the small moon. Enceladus is located at the very core of the planet's E Ring, in an area where the dust or ice density is the largest.Huge geysers on Enceladus may be fed by a saly sea below its surface. It has found a poten
tially life sustaining mix of organic chemicals in Enceladus plumes, ejected from a quartet of 120 km long fractures- known as tigerstripes aligned on the moon's south pole.

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