A Brand New Ocean - on Saturn's Moon Titan

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Image uploaded from a quicklink Titan probably has a vast-globe-girdling ocean beneath it's surface too, and unlike the methane-filled lakes above, this one is made of ordinary water. That has very big implications not just for our understanding of Titan, but for our hunt for life elsewhere in the cosmos. "The search for water is an important goal in solar system exploration," said lead author Lucino Iess, a Cassini scientist at Sapienza University in Rome. "Now we've spotted another place where it is abundant"... "It's a matter of what's abundant in the solar system," he says. "Water is far and away one of the most abundant substances. Europa, as well its sister moons Ganymede and Callisto are covered with water ice like Titan... When we do have both will and wallet to make exploratory trips to watery worlds, however, the new study gives us one more intriguing place to which to dispatch our ships.

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