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NASA has announced that Saturn's moon, Titan, may possess a subsurface ocean. The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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|It's not only Jupiter's moon that may harbor a subsurface ocean, NASA has announced that Saturn's moon may also possess a layer of liquid water under its icy shell. Data from the organization's Cassini spacecraft has revealed the new findings. So what exactly caused this alteration in Titan's shape? Subsurface tides could certainly be an explanation--similar to the ones found on Jupiter's moons. An ocean layer does not have to be huge or deep to create these tides. A liquid layer between the external shell and a solid mantle would allow Titan to bulge and compress as it orbits Saturn. Because Titan's surface is actually mostly made of water ice, it would certainly make sense that Titan's subsurface ocean is mostly liquid water. While this water may not be an indicator of life on the moon, it could explain the methods for methane replenishment on Titan.|
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