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Is there a subsurface ocean on Titan ?

Posted on Tuesday, 3 July, 2012 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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NASA researchers believe that Titan harbours an extensive subterranean layer of liquid water.

New data from the Cassini spacecraft suggests that Titan is not comprised entirely of solid rock but that there exists an underground ocean of liquid water below the icy surface. The Saturnian moon has long intrigued scientists due to its thick atmosphere, methane oceans and alien-like landscapes.

"Cassini's detection of large tides on Titan leads to the almost inescapable conclusion that there is a hidden ocean at depth," said lead author Luciano Iess. "The search for water is an important goal in solar system exploration, and now we've spotted another place where it is abundant."

"Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed Saturn's moon Titan likely harbors a layer of liquid water under its ice shell."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by william joseph on 3 July, 2012, 23:58
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.
Comment icon #2 Posted by csspwns on 4 July, 2012, 1:04
yay another chance of life but its probably not intelligent. probably just microbes or bacteria
Comment icon #3 Posted by jgorman628 on 4 July, 2012, 13:46
Those pesky researchers at NASA are always finding new possibilities for life in amazing places! With all the possible liquid water in our own solar system, it is very likely H2O is much more common throughout the universe than ever thought before.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 July, 2012, 21:16
it is very likely H2O is much more common throughout the universe than ever thought before. On the contrary, astronomers have long known that H2O is a very common molecule throughout the universe. What has come as a surprise is that it is so common in liquid form on bodies outside of the sun's Goldilocks zone.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Drayno on 4 July, 2012, 22:31
On the contrary, astronomers have long known that H2 is a very common molecule throughout the universe. What has come as a surprise is that it is so common in liquid form on bodies outside of the sun's Goldilocks zone. Which is quite amazing!
Comment icon #6 Posted by jgorman628 on 6 July, 2012, 14:44
On the contrary, astronomers have long known that H2 is a very common molecule throughout the universe. What has come as a surprise is that it is so common in liquid form on bodies outside of the sun's Goldilocks zone. So liquid water, H2O, is more common in our universe than ever thought. Be it inside or outside the Goldilocks zone.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 July, 2012, 0:04
So liquid water, H2O, is more common in our universe than ever thought. Be it inside or outside the Goldilocks zone Yes and no.People still seem to be surprised that water is common. In fact there is a huge amount of it in the universe, it's just that most of it exists either as solid or gas. The quantity of water is no surprise. Astronomers have known it is abundant in the universe for decades. The only real surprise is that it has been found to be liquid where it was expected to be solid. H2O has always been known to be very common, even within our solar system. Comets and some of the outer ... [More]


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