Saturn’s Icy Moon, Enceladus Has Possibly Life-Giving Hydrothermal Activity

March 12, 2015 10:50 PM

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Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon is showing explicit signs of hydrothermal activity — comparable activity that is found along deep sea vents on Earth where water is heated and minerals are formed. Known to have a sub-surface sea of salty water, the new findings depicted in two recent papers have boosted the moon’s life-giving potential.

“These results add to the odds that Enceladus, which contains a subsurface ocean and displays amazing geologic activity, could contain environments suitable for living organisms. The locations in our solar system where extreme environments occur in which life might exist may bring us closer to answe...

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