Enceladus

10 places to find snow beyond Earth

From NASA, here are 10 snowy or icy worlds beyond our own.<p>Snowstorms on Earth are common, but did you know it snows on other worlds, too? Here are …

Planets

Scientist hints Santa's workshop could be located in space

Santa trackers are heating up for the holidays, but the search for St. Nick's workshop might need to be widened, says one astronomer.<p>These days the north pole is liquified a lot more often than it used to be, boosting young people's skepticism about the true location of Santa's workshop. But a …

Santa Claus

Screw the Pentagon Program, Here's How NASA Could Actually Find Alien life

The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>On Saturday, the <i>New York Times</i> revealed the anti-climactic truth about the …

Planets

Sorry Santa, the Arctic may never be frozen again

The snow-covered Arctic as we know it is no more. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees U.S. research in the Arctic, has released an annual report on the region’s health with the depressing title “Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent …

Climate Change

Deep-sea expedition seeks clues about how extraterrestrial life might exist

Life on the Rocks is a fascinating account of a scientific expedition to a craggy archipelago off Brazil, where conditions may unlock secrets about …

Planets

How Iceland Helps us Understand Saturn’s Icy Moon

This past August, CEPS scientist Emily Martin and I traveled to Iceland to study geologic features known as pit chains, a collection of circular to …

Smithsonian

Why we're more likely to unearth aliens on frozen worlds

When you think of a planet that could be crawling with aliens, you and hundreds of scientists probably imagine an Earth-ish terrestrial planet with …

Planets

In the Ocean, a Preview of Life on Enceladus?

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Saturn Bookends: Cassini Photos Show Ringed Planet 16 Years Apart

Over the course of 16 years, Saturn went from little more than a twinkle in the Cassini spacecraft's powerful telescopic eye to the probe's final …

Planets

Russian billionaire wants to beat NASA in the search for alien life, and he’s moving forward with his plan

If you’ve been paying attention to the scientific search for extraterrestrial life you’ll already know that in recent months the frosty Saturn moon …

Astronomy

NASA spacecraft's final full Saturn view is a masterpiece

Just days before its destruction, Cassini took 42 images that have been used to create one last stunning mosaic of all of Saturn and its rings.<p>Cassini's very last image before it died in Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15 was a hazy, gray close-up of part of the planet. Now, NASA has released the …

Planets

NASA says goodbye to Saturn with dramatic new photo

NASA is saying goodbye to Saturn with a newly-processed photo of the ringed planet taken during the last day of the Cassini mission.<p>The photo shows …

Astronomy

We could be looking for aliens on Enceladus soon

With all the debate about life on Mars, where to possibly find it and whether it even exists, it seems we almost forgot what the watery world beneath …

Planets

A Russian Billionaire Wants to Search for Alien Life on Enceladus

By<p>Filed Under Science, Cassini & NASA<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>As horrifying as it may sound, there’s a non-zero chance a billionaire will …

Paranormal

Enceladus heats up because its core is like a sponge | Ars Technica

Water inside a flexible core is enough to keep the moon liquid for billions of years.<p>On Earth, the heat that drives geology is partly leftover from …

Planets

Enceladus' Ocean Could Be Old Enough to Host Life — NOVA Next

We recently bade farewell to the Cassini spacecraft, which after 13 years of faithfully orbiting Saturn and its moons was directed to plunge into the …

Planets

Alien Life Could Thrive in Enceladus' Hidden Oceans Thanks to an Epic Invisible Force

Life could have had millions of years to brew inside the moon.<p>We first spotted them 12 years ago. Jets of water vapour shooting into space through …

Science

Tiny Enceladus Maintains Liquid Ocean Thanks to Porous, Muddy Core - ExtremeTech

By on November 7, 2017 at 10:45 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Of all Cassini’s discoveries in …

Planets

Saturn’s Ocean Moon Enceladus May Have Porous Core, Creating Tidal Friction Energy

Soon after the Cassini spacecraft began studying the Saturn system from up-close, it found one of the planet’s larger moons — Enceladus — spraying …

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Aliens on Enceladus: Chances of E.T. Living in Subsurface Ocean of Saturn’s Icy Moon Given Major Boost

Scientists have discovered that a subsurface ocean on Enceladus could have existed for billions of years, providing plenty of time for microbial …

Planets

A sandy core may have kept Enceladus’ ocean warm

A soft heart keeps Enceladus warm from the inside. Friction within its porous core could help Saturn’s icy moon maintain a liquid ocean for billions …

Science

Check Out NASA’s New Instrument that will Look for Life on Enceladus

Ever since the <i>Cassini</i> mission entered the Saturn system and began studying its moons, Enceladus has become a major source of interest. Once the probe …

Planets

Why won't Enceladus just freeze already?

<i>Nature Astronomy.</i><p>“Where Enceladus gets the sustained power to remain active has always been a bit of a mystery,” says lead author Gaël Choblet from …

Planets

Explore Space Using Google Maps

Google added over 500,000 images to Google Maps yesterday taken by spacecraft, many of which were taken by Cassini, which was launched in space 20 …

Google

Here’s what space toilets can teach us about finding signs of alien life

The search for life may get an assist from the call of nature. Astronomers can learn how to study the plumes of subsurface ocean water spewing from …

Biology

Explore The Solar System On Google Maps: From Pluto To Saturn’s Moons

Google has added to its lineup of planets and moons that users can explore, bringing Pluto’s surface down to Earth as well as the moons of Saturn …

Space Exploration

When Are We Going Back to Saturn?

By the end of the year, NASA will decide on a new New Frontiers-class mission. This medium-cost mission class is responsible for the Juno, New …

Science

NASA releases image of a brightly lit crescent on Enceladus captured by the Cassini mission to Saturn

The <b>Cassini mission</b> to Saturn might have <b>burned up in the atmosphere</b> after observing the gas giant and its moons for thirteen years, but the science …

Space Exploration

Phantom Limb

Photojournal: PIA21346<p>September 25, 2017<p>The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space. The rest of the …

Astronomy

Cassini's Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future

If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, what NASA's Cassini mission has left for us is indeed a treasure.<p>Launched in 1997, the mission terminated dramatically last week with the probe's final plunge into Saturn's upper atmosphere.<p>During its 13 years near Saturn, the mission has …

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