Saturn moon ‘able to support life’

Source: BBC

Jets of EnceladusImage copyrightNASA/JPL-CALTECH/SSI
Image captionEasy to sample: Jets of water spew from the south pole of Enceladus.

Saturn’s ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth.

The assessment comes on the heels of new observations at the 500km-wide world made by the Cassini probe.

It has flown through and sampled the waters from a subsurface ocean that is being jetted into space.

Cassini’s chemistry analysis strongly suggests the Enceladean seafloor has hot fluid vents – places that on Earth are known to teem with life.

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