Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Cassini Spots Enceladus Spouting Water

Cassini has taken some amazing photos of Saturn's icy moons, but nothing as surprising as the water spout on Enceladus.
Planetary scientists postulate tidal forces caused by the pull of gravity from Saturn are forcing out geysers of water, enough to create a temporary atmosphere of water vapor and ice around the tiny frozen moon. Nothing life-sustaining, but an interesting development nonetheless. Where there is water, there is the possibility for life, however extreme.

For those of you keeping track, this brings to three the number of proven geologically active moons in the solar system. So far.

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