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Ocean discovered on Saturn moon

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Ocean discovered on Saturn moon

<p>A small moon orbiting just outside Saturn’s rings has been added to the growing list of places beyond Earth that have oceans and prospects for hosting life. </p> <p><span class="caps">NASA</span>’s Cassini spacecraft took measurements showing the moon, known as Enceladus, has an underground ocean in the south believed to be five times the size of Italy’s Lake Garda.</p> <p>Computer models show the ocean is probably sandwiched between Enceladus’s rocky core and its ice-covered surface, according to space experts.</p> <p>Enceladus, which is only about 500 kilometers in diameter,joins Saturn’s large moon Titan and Europa, a much larger moon that orbits Jupiter on the list of places beyond Earth that may contain oceans.</p> <p>The prospect of water, close enough to rock to leach out minerals means Enceladus may have the chemistry needed to support life.</p> <p>Scientists are working on follow-on missions to find that life more than a billion kilometers from Earth.</p>