An Ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus
This Nasa image shows water vapor jets emitted from the southern polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Scientists announced they have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a Nasa-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral.
Nasa also released this diagram illustrating the possible interior of Saturn’s moon Enceladus based on a gravity investigation by their Cassini spacecraft and their Deep Space Network. The gravity measurements suggest an ice outer shell and a low density, rocky core with a regional water ocean sandwiched in between at high southern latitudes.