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A Subsurface Globe-Encompassing Watery Realm on Enceladus
jsc248      
05-10-2017  06:02:22

It is incredible that after all these years of the CASSINI mission that one of it's most important discoveries comes in the twilight of the mission. It is amazing to have the global ocean shown so completely. Now that we know that ocean there exists and it is global, are there any chances for life within the ocean. There are organics in the plumes and the ice layer should have provided a good barrier for radiation, the heating of the water, albeit by gravitational friction or "black smokers" on the seabed, to provide us with the ideal conditions for life. Or at least as ideal as can be found so far from the Suns influence.
So I would like to ask Carolyn what her views are?
John.