Saturn's moon Mimas could harbour alien life, scientists say
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Mimas, one of Saturn's moons, may be hiding an ocean beneath its icy, cratered surface, according to new research. The moon is small but has a crater so large that it resembles the Death Star from Star Wars. Previous observations suggested that Mimas had a solid core, but data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which crashed into Saturn's atmosphere in 2017, indicate that it has an internal ocean. The researchers estimate that this ocean is located beneath an icy shell around 20-30km deep and is less than 25 million years old.
The detection of liquid water oceans under the icy surfaces of outer Solar System moons suggests that these moons could provide abodes for life under conditions that differ markedly from those on Earth.
The discovery of an internal ocean on Mimas is likely to lead to further exploration of other mid-sized icy moons in the Solar System. This finding has implications for the possibility of life on these moons, as the presence of liquid water suggests the potential for habitable environments. The study, published in the journal Nature, highlights the significance of small, icy moons in the search for extraterrestrial life.
The discovery of liquid water oceans under the icy surfaces of outer Solar System moons suggests that these moons could provide abodes for life under conditions that differ markedly from those on Earth.
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