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NASA Cassini spacecraft finds sign of subsurface sea on Saturnís moon Enceladus
Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2014 | By Joel Achenbach

Posted on 04/03/2014 4:05:11 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

For years, the motto among astrobiologists — people who look for life on distant worlds, and try to understand what life is, exactly — has been “follow the water.” You have to start the search somewhere, and scientists have started with liquid water because it’s the essential agent for all biochemistry on Earth.

Now they’ve followed the water to a small, icy moon orbiting Saturn. Scientists reported Thursday that Enceladus, a shiny world about 300 miles in diameter, has a subsurface “regional sea” with a rocky bottom.

This cryptic body of water is centered around the south pole and is upwards of 5 miles deep. It has a volume similar to that of Lake Superior, according to the new research, which was published in the journal Science.

The moon’s liquid reservoir had already been inferred from the presence of plumes of water vapor emerging from the south pole. The plumes stunned scientists when they were detected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2005. . .

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1 posted on 04/03/2014 4:05:11 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Check the office of official records on enseladus Maybe that’s where his real birth certificate is?


2 posted on 04/03/2014 4:07:31 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If there’s life there, the Dems will be trying to make it an endangered species or register it to vote.


3 posted on 04/03/2014 4:09:42 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: faithhopecharity

Has Barack Hussein Obama ever given any indication that he might be interested in space travel? The sort of challenge that travel to such a place presents might be the perfect capper for his legacy of stellar...acheivments...


4 posted on 04/03/2014 4:11:38 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

When are they going to send ships to the Enceladus sea to look for the missing plane?


5 posted on 04/03/2014 4:20:07 PM PDT by BushCountry (If you're wondering, "I got my screenname before GW was elected the first time.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Butt, there is life on...


6 posted on 04/03/2014 4:20:32 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
NASA Cassini spacecraft finds sign of subsurface sea on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Tax it!

7 posted on 04/03/2014 4:23:45 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: faithhopecharity

At 300 miles in diameter, the force of gravity there would be pretty weak - it might be possible to give something escape velocity just by throwing it ... like the birth certificate!


8 posted on 04/03/2014 4:23:54 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: BushCountry

the beacon gets crushed by pressure at the bottom that is 5 miles deep


9 posted on 04/03/2014 4:25:47 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
What a coincidence! We're having Enceladus for dinner!


10 posted on 04/03/2014 4:29:45 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
This cryptic body of water is

Where there's water there's gotta be fish!

11 posted on 04/03/2014 4:32:17 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Saturn has a community of sixty moons. Maybe he could organize them? Into a nice big beautiful statue of himself?


12 posted on 04/03/2014 4:47:28 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Ken522

If he had it thrown off Enceladus, that birth certificate is well past Pluto by now. We may never discover it?


13 posted on 04/03/2014 4:49:54 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: bert

Because the gravitation on Enceladus is so weak, the pressure at a depth of 10 km would not be that great.


14 posted on 04/03/2014 4:59:02 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: JennysCool

JennyCool. I haven’t heard from you since those hilarious jokes about the runaway bride.

Btw, that looks delicious.


15 posted on 04/03/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: faithhopecharity
The worlds FIRST...Interstellar Community Organizer deserves no less.
16 posted on 04/03/2014 5:09:09 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Hot Tabasco

That’s the spirit!
Set the hook!

I have to wonder though, what is keeping that body
of water liquid? if it’s under umpteen miles of ice
with a surface temp of minus two hundred degrees,
some source of heat has to be there and it’s got to
be pretty powerful.

Set the down riggers at 5 miles....aye captain!


17 posted on 04/03/2014 5:15:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
if it’s under umpteen miles of ice

.....then there's GOT to be jumbo perch down there just waitin' fer the Michigan ice fishermen......

18 posted on 04/03/2014 5:23:16 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Tiny rods with miles of line and the ice augers oh my!
Used to love that when I lived up north.


19 posted on 04/03/2014 5:26:42 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Enceladus South pole
20 posted on 04/03/2014 5:29:11 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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