Thursday, March 23, 2006

Life on Enceladus?

So, Enceladus is one of Saturn's moons. It was recently discovered that there are actual liquid water spewing geysers on Enceladus.

"We realize that this is a radical conclusion -- that we may have evidence for liquid water within a body so small and so cold," said Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team leader at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo. "However, if we are right, we have significantly broadened the diversity of solar system environments where we might possibly have conditions suitable for living organisms." (taken from the official Nasa website)

That's amazing, I mean, what if there are more than just small organisms on this moon. Think for a minute --yes it's just a small possibility, but a possibility nonetheless -- that there may be actual living beings on another world in our solar system! This moon is extremely cold, but it's theorized that under the surface, temperatures are much warmer (hence, the geysers). What if there's some kind of a sub-terrainian species living there?

An absolute long shot, obviously, but something fun to think about.

Kat

2 comments:

curmudgeon 9:51 AM  

I'm thinking it could be getting warmed somehow from Jupiter - acting almost like a sun, but obviously not as hot.
But it made me wonder too.

Thanx for stopping by my blog! I hope you were somewhat entertained. :)

Kat 11:59 AM  

You know, the thought that it could be getting warmed by Jupiter didn't occur to me -- but that is a distinct possiblity.

All that gas and the enormous mass of it reflecting the sunight could be magnifying the sun's light. Who knows!

Your blog is exremely entertaining, by the way. :)

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