Thursday, March 09, 2006

Saturn's moon Enceladus - My God...It's full of water!

Water is jetting out of Enceladus, one of Saturn's many moons.

The Cassini-Huygens probe detected plumes of water escaping into space, an indication there may be liquid reservoirs hidden below the surface.

What has scientists all excited are not images of Enceladus spewing water out like a lawn sprinkler, but the possiblity that conditions might be right for life to exist in such an enviroment.

This might be a great time to read Arthur C. Clarke's 2010: Odyssey Two again, which features the discovery of life forms sloshing around on Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter.

The surface of Enceldaus the moon is geologically active, pulled and torn by the gravity of Saturn.

The Enceldaus from Greek Mythology was a legendary giant, buried under the Earth by the goddess Athena. Eruptions from Greece's Mount Etna were supposed to be his breath.

On Earth and in space, it is a rough time for Enceladus.

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