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Alien life could exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Alien life could exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Technology
A new scientific discovery suggests that chemical reactions on the sea floor of Saturn's moon Enceladus could mean there are enough energy sources to support life.The surface of Enceladus is covered by between 18 to 24 miles of thick clean ice, making it one of the most reflective bodies in the solar system. However, centred beneath the ice at the moon's south pole there is believed to be an enormous ocean. Scientists at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have developed a new model which explains how the plumes of gases and frozen sea spray which have erupted through cracks in Enceladus' surface suggest a complex world beneath its icy crust. Image: Scientists recently found 20 new moons around Saturn. Pic: Space Science Institute ...
The methane-filled lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan are explosion craters, model predicts

The methane-filled lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan are explosion craters, model predicts

Science
Sept. 9 (UPI) -- According to a new model developed by planetary scientists in Italy and the United States, many of the methane-filled lakes on Titan were likely formed after explosions of warming nitrogen left dozens of empty craters dotting the surface of Saturn's largest moon. Outside of Earth, Titan is the only planetary body in the solar system known to host stable liquid on its surface. While Earth hosts bodies of water, Titan's lakes are filled with liquid methane and ethane. On Earth, methane and ethane typically exist in gas form, but subzero temperatures on Titan allow the hydrocarbons to exist in liquid form. Previous models suggested Titan's lakes were formed over thousands of years as the liquid methane and ethane precipitated by Titan's clouds dissolving the moon's bedrock ...
Dragonfly: Drone helicopter to fly on Saturn’s moon, Titan

Dragonfly: Drone helicopter to fly on Saturn’s moon, Titan

Science
Nasa will fly a drone helicopter mission to cost $ 1bn (£800m) on Saturn's moon, Titan, in the 2030s.The rotorcraft will visit dozens of promising locations on Titan to investigate the chemistry that could lead to life.Titan plays host to many of the chemical processes that could have sparked biology on the early Earth.The eight-rotor drone will be launched to the Saturnian moon in 2026 and arrive in 2034.It will take advantage of Titan's thick atmosphere to fly to different sites of interest. Media playback is unsupported on your device Dragonfly was selected as the next mission in Nasa's New Frontiers programme of medium-class planetary science missions.It was in competition with th