Saturn moon’s geysers draw water from subsurface sea

Study suggests space probes can directly sample an extraterrestrial ocean

By Christopher Crockett, 16:59 PM August 4, 2014

The seas of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are blasting into space.

Saltwater-spewing geysers on Enceladus’ icy surface — 101 of them — appear to connect to the moon’s warm subsurface ocean, scientists report July 28 in two new studies in the Astronomical Journal. The results suggest that these geysers offer an unprecedented chance to collect samples of a potentially habitable reservoir of liquid water away from Earth.

Over the last decade, Enceladus has become a tantalizing spot for finding extraterr...

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