Space probe Cassini, which explores Saturn and its rings, revealed data which suggests the presence of a sea under the icy surface of the planet’s moon Enceladus.
The presence of water beneath Enceladus’s surface was already suspected since 2005, when Cassini detected a plume of salty water vapor in the moon’s South Pole region. New data collected by the probe confirms the theory a subsurface sea.
Over 60 moons orbit around the giant gas planet of Saturn. Some of which, like Titan, are already suspected to harbor conditions suitable to life. This new discovery constitutes a new promising step for the search of extraterrestrial life, well beyond the solar system’s so-called habitable zone.