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Hot water clue to life on Saturn moon

 Reuters 16 March 2019

Scientists have found that Enceladus, a small moon orbiting the giant ringed planet Saturn, is likely to possess an ocean containing hot water under its icy crust, raising the prospects that it could host life. The ocean, likely to be sandwiched between the moon's rocky core and its ice-covered surface, is believed to be at least as big as the USA's Lake Superior. Scientists are working on follow-up missions proposed for both Enceladus and Europa. However, it will take decades for scientists to collect more concrete evident to confirm the existence of living organism in Enceladus. Reuters reports. (497 Words) - By Reuters staff writer

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In this rare image taken on July 19, 2019, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.Earth, which is 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away in this image, appears as a blue dot at center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side.  Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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