A new study revealed that Saturn’s moon Enceladus has ocean currents buried under 12 miles of ice, as it is already known that Enceladus, one of Saturn’s 82 moons, hides water under its icy surface, but experts at Caltech ), They believe that ocean currents flowing over Enceladus somewhat like those near Antarctica, are driven by salt water.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the researchers based their estimates on computer modeling that used data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which is no longer working.
Enceladus is one of the few locations in the solar system that contains liquid water, along with Earth and Jupiter’s moon Europe, making it a target of interest to astrobiologists.
Also, according to the California Institute of Technology, the new research could tell scientists where to someday look for signs of life on Enceladus during future satellite missions.
“Understanding the regions of the subterranean ocean that may be most suitable for life as we know it could one day help in the search for signs of life,” said study researcher Andrew Thompson, professor of environmental science and engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
Enceladus is Saturn’s sixth-largest moon out of 82 in total, and it is a frozen sphere just 313 miles in diameter (about one-seventh of the diameter of Earth’s moon).
Enceladus is covered in a layer of clean ice, making it one of the most reflective objects in the solar system.Despite its relatively small size, Enceladus attracted the attention of scientists in 2014 thanks to Cassini data.