Fourteen years ago, astronomers studying Saturn via ESA's Infrared Space Observatory discovered a mysterious supply of gaseous water in Saturn's upper atmosphere. Now, ESA's Herschel observatory has figured out exactly where that water is coming from: Saturn's moon Enceladus, which spews water onto its host planet via huge water jets emanating from its southern polar region.
That makes Enceladus the only moon in our solar system to actively influence the chemistry of its parent planet, defining a new kind of relationship between host planet and satellite.
Enceladus is a veritable water machine, jetting some 550 pounds of water vapor into space every second. Some of this falls back on the moon itself. Most is lost to space or freezes in Saturn's rings. But it so happens that between three and five percent falls into a huge donut-shaped torus around Saturn--yet another ring or sorts for the already ring-rich planet.
Perhaps more significantly, it shows how a moon can influence the chemical composition of its parent planet, raising some interesting possibilities in the realm of planet formation in our solar system and elsewhere in the universe. After all, the slight amount of water vapor that makes it into Saturn's upper atmosphere spawns other oxygen-bearing compounds like carbon dioxide. Could a volcanically active moon potentially seed a previously inhabitable rocky parent planet with the proper ingredients for life? It's fun to think about, anyhow.
The space ship " Enceladus " fired its ionic engines and prepared for space travel!
Popular Science's editors really need to step up to the plate here. The corrections in this article are just typos, but this is the third article in as many days that have been incorrect. The last sentence SHOULD read "Could a volcanically active moon potentially seed a previously [un]inhabitable rocky parent planet with the proper ingredients for life? It’s fun to think about, anyhow."
The space ship " Enceladus " fired its ionic engines and prepared for space travel! Vibrations begin to break off the false rock disguise and reveal its true identity. All of humanity will come to know soon of its real purpose and it begins it route toward earth. Since the ship is incredible ancient and the ionic engines are poorly charge, it will take a year for it to reach earth, 2012. It seems there is some writing on the side of the Enceladus space ship. It seems Mayan in design and nature.
What may be equally or more amazing about Enceladus is it is slowly changing its orbit around Saturn by projecting the water vapor towards one location, like an ion drive slowly changes the orbit in a spiral shape around earth to escape earth's gravitational field. Note water exposed to a vacuum boils away to a vapor extremely fast and becomes very explosive.
It would be interesting if orbital observations were taken of Enceladus since it was discovered by William Herschel back in 1789 so as to verify my hypothesis on it slowly spiraling away or towards Saturn from the constant explosive power of its water jets.
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"The space ship " Enceladus " fired its ionic engines and prepared for space travel!" BubbaGump good call my sentiments exactly. I guess it is more obvious than I thought about the comparison to ion drives...
Suddenly a laser beam is coming from Saturn and beaming towards the space ship Enceladus. Incrediable, the ionic engines seem to be much more powerful now. There is definetly some time of communication going on between Saturn and Enceladus.
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So, basically it's a ball of floating, er, water? How is that possible in a location like Saturn's where every fluid can just as easily freeze.
Yes, I did begin to digress a little in my comments. I forgot to wear my tin foil to keep the space aliens out of my head. Stuff happens. lol.
There is water beneath the icy crust of Enceladus (pretty much in the liquid form closer to the core where things are pretty warm for all celestial bodies in the universe, save astroids). The liquid water can be shot to the surface in liquid form where the rapidly decreasing temperatures will eventually cause the water to freeze into solid pieces that fall back to the surface, or sublime into vapor that escapes into space.
There's water out in the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud left over from the birth of our star. There's water on Mars. There's water on the moon. Water is in many places in the vastness, yet cosmically simple size of our solar system.
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what how come our moon have no water but sature moon have water now the is weird