Enceladus Under-Ice Ocean is Very Close to Surface

20.03.2017

New data obtained from the Cassini spacecraft indicate that the ocean on Enceladus, a satellite of Saturn, is covered in some places with a rather thin layer of ice - 2 km thick. Measurements were made at the south pole of the celestial body.

Enceladus Under-Ice Ocean is Very Close to Surface

This means that during the next mission to Enceladus it will be possible to penetrate through the ice with a radar probe and explore the ocean. Planetologists believe that life can be found on Enceladus. The chances of the moon of Jupiter, Europe, which also have an under-ice oceans, are similar.