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Cassini Detects Enceladus Ocean: A Habitable World?
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Cassini Detects Enceladus Ocean: A Habitable World?

Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large, 6-mile deep underground ocean of liquid water, indicated by gravity measurements by the Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Communications network.

  • Radio measurements of Enceladus' gravity indicate an interior reservoir of liquid water, which may be connected to water jets gushing from fractures near the small moon's south pole.
  • The newly reported finding validates the inclusion of Enceladus among the most likely places in our solar system to potentially host life.

"The Gravity Field and Interior Structure of Enceladus," Luciano Iess, et al., Science, April 4, 2014

Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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