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November 26, 2008

Astronomers find hints of water on Saturn moon

Filed under: Inner Solar System, Saturn — bferrari @ 2:34 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers looking at the spectacular supersonic plumes of gas and dust shooting off one of Saturn’s moons say there are strong hints of liquid water, a key building block of life.

This 2007 photo by NASAs Cassini probe shows plumes of gas and dust shooting off Enceladus. (NASA)

This 2007 photo by NASA's Cassini probe shows plumes of gas and dust shooting off Enceladus. (NASA)

One of Saturns moons, Enceladus is the white orb in the middle of this image. (NASA)

One of Saturn's moons, Enceladus is the white orb in the middle of this image. (NASA)

Their research, appearing in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature, adds to the growing push to explore further the moon Enceladus, as one of the solar system’s most compelling places for potential life.

Using images from NASA’s Cassini probe, astronomers had already figured that the mysterious plumes shooting from Enceladus’ icy terrain contain water vapor. New calculations suggesting the gas and dust spew at speeds faster-than-sound make the case for liquid, said study lead author Candice Hansen of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California. Her team calculated the plumes travel more than 1,360 mph.

More on the story, after the jump: http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/11/26/saturn.moon.water.ap/index.html

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