Highly alkaline water on Saturn moon could support alien life
JPL-Caltech/NASA, Space Science Institute
Swimming in the sea of the Saturnian moon Enceladus might be like taking a dip in household ammonia.
An ocean hidden beneath the moon’s icy crust is highly alkaline, similar to soda lakes on Earth, researchers have found. The water chemistry provides a peek at how the water interacts with rock in the moon’s core, creating an environment in which life could arise.