Alien Post #6: Enceladus - Water World of Saturn?
On April 3rd NASA announced something incredible.
They found a body of water on the Saturnian moon Enceladus. Apparently they’ve deduced that it’s roughly the size of Lake Superior (aka Fucking Huge).
How could they have possibly figured this out? One of Saturn’s rings (the E Ring) is made of microscopic particles. The Cassini satellite orbiting Saturn is able to take samples of these particles and determine what they’re made of. What a surprise when they discovered frozen H2O and organic compounds.
Typically organic compounds mean life you know. Like. Always.
When you type “organic” into Google it gives you this dictionary definition: “of, relating to, or derived from living matter.”
When I look it up in my Apple Dictionary app I get: “1 organic matter: living, live, animate, biological, biotic.”
Obviously anything organic can’t originate in the vacuum of space. How did organic matter get into Saturn’s E Ring? The answer was unwittingly gotten years ago when Cassini photographed what many suspected were cryovolcanoes on Enceladus. Basically, massive geysers shooting something out into space. It’s pretty clear now that the geysers were shooting water particles into space that seem to carry some sort of organic compound from under the icy surface of Enceladus. The material carried in the geysers are what get caught in Saturn’s orbit, forming it’s E Ring.
In some of the better images of Enceladus (like the bottom picture I included in this post) you can see a region of the moon called the “Tiger Stripes”. They look like blue rivers running around the South Pole and that’s not far from the truth. They are freshly surfaced water seeping through cracks in the surface ice of Enceladus. It’s from here that the moon shoots it’s geysers into Saturn’s orbit.
Liquid water? Organic compounds? What the hell is under the surface of Enceladus?
This discovery has implications that we’re only beginning to consider, but clearly their potential runs the gamut of astrophysics, biology and science fiction. It’s highly likely that Enceladus is going to become a top priority now for future missions. I’d personally suspect an attempt to devise some sort of subsurface swimmer to explore the ocean inside this moon.
If it were up to me I’d give the robot a fishing rod…
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13:What is your OCs earliest memory?
It’s a kind of cold day. The temperature had dropped erratically the night before, causing the heating bill to really skyrocket. It would be snowing outside, and even though he was so young he knew to expect the snowflakes when they’d started. He doesn’t usually notice things like that; usually he’s asleep, tucked in under his covers, what’s left of his mother’s good-night kiss on his forehead.
He had to stay awake this time; dad always had to leave really early in the morning, he always missed saying goodbye. They’d say it the night before, of course, after dinner and just before bedtime, but that kind of goodbye always left him forgetting by the next morning. The child would adhere to the curse of the night’s turn, forgetting things thanks to the earth’s natural reset button.
But tonight he’d stay up, he’d listen for the telltale, despite how cold it was, and he’d hear dad leaving, and he’d crawl out of his tightly-wound covers to the window and he’d wave his little arm so hard that his dad would see him this time.
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