Astronomers are reporting discovery of unusual phenomena that occur on Enceladus, a moon of Saturn. This is another proof that distant celestial bodies comes to the extremely dynamic processes.
This moon recently spent awake at night astrobiologists, and that there in the discovery of molecular traces of hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon and oxygen, and hydrothermal processes. All this is a strong witness to the possibility of life there, functioning under several kilometers of ice crust on the bottom of a large and deep ocean.
For several years, we know that there are geysers, spurting every moment with ice water. Now the idea of this extraordinary world we are further expanding the information obtained from radar studies conducted by the Cassini spacecraft. It turns out that the geysers on Enceladus act as cannon snow. From time to time they shoot in the direction of Mimas and Tethys, Saturn’s other moons, fresh ice particles and water.
Astronomers explain that both objects are paid fairly thick because kilkudziesięciocentymetrowymi layers of water and ice, and this is due to the fact that they have no atmosphere, so the process can take place without a hitch. A puzzle, however, is that water and ice exported from Enceladus are the building blocks of life, or even microorganisms.
Perhaps we will know the answer to all these questions together with the mission of the icy moons of Saturn. Such an undertaking is planning Breaktrough Initiatives organization, which was founded by Yuri Milner, one of the most famous multimiliarderów from Russia and was supported by the late Stephen Hawking. Under the project, wants to send a Russian probe on Enceladus called BI. He would like to do it before it will make NASA, that we are talking about the early years of the 20th century.
NASA is planning a mission to the moon another Lord of the Rings, namely Titan tipsdump. He wants there to send underwater drone, which will explore the oceans of methane and ethane. Before these two missions follow, astronomers are going to get a better look at the data acquired by the Cassini spacecraft, what if there’s something else interesting find. Any information will be because at a premium in terms of better preparation for space missions to these icy objects.