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Well, due to some spammer having found this obscure blog, I have been forced to refuse Anonymous posts. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for legitimate posters, but since I am unable to send feedback to the offending servers causing them to explode and burst into flames - well, I do what I can. Thank you to all my sincere commentators and may the spammers rot in digital agony.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Water Beyond Earth

The Cassini probe has has detected water in geysers shooting up from Enceladus, a moon of Saturn. Earlier, some sites were reporting that life had been found, but NASA denies that claim.

Enceladus is interesting since it is the shiniest object in the solar system. It is thought that it is tectonically active with an unusually warm south pole and a significant atmosphere. But, "unusually warm" is relative -- the warmth is still -297°F.

Cassini is a joint NASA/ESA mission launched in 1997. It made orbit around Saturn in 2004. It will make a near pass to Enceladus again in 2008.


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