Nasa teases announcement about mysterious ocean worlds in our Solar System
Wednesday 12/April/2017 - 09:56 PM
Wired - Tomorrow، Nasa will be making an announcement about the presence of oceans in our Solar System.
While little detail has been given، Nasa has said the mysterious news comes from data gathered by the Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble space telescope. The full announcement will be made at 19:00 BST (14:00 EDT) on April 13.
“These new discoveries will help inform future ocean world exploration، including Nasa’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in the 2020s،” Nasa explained، “and the broader search for life beyond Earth.”
In September last year، a similar announcement was made using Cassini data. This showed Jupiter’s moon Europa has subsurface oceans that give out plumes of water ice.
Since it is related to the Cassini mission، the upcoming announcement is likely to concern one of Saturn’s moons، either Titan or Enceladus. Both of these moons have been discovered to contain liquid oceans، using Cassini data. Titan’s oceans of methane lie on its surface while Enceladus has a global subsurface saltwater ocean.