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Changes in temperature or the chemistry of water, for instance, might signal plumes associated with hydrothermal vents.
This discovery raises the possibility that life could exist at hydrothermal vents under the planet’s icy shell.
The breakthrough came in April 2017, when the science team announced that Cassini found evidence of hydrothermal vents on Enceladus—great volcanic fissures in the seafloor that release geothermal heat and abundant nutrients into the water.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect temperature for molten sulfur coming from the hydrothermal vents.
Over the course of its mission Cassini has revealed oceans on two moons, observed seasonal changes on Saturn, picked up on hydrothermal vents beneath moon Enceladus and returned thousands of stunning images from its rarefied orbit.
Instead, the scientists argue in the latest edition of Science that the hydrogen must have been freshly made, most likely by activity around hydrothermal vents.
One of the mission’s most surprising discoveries was an ocean of water beneath the icy exterior of Enceladus that may be heated by hydrothermal vents similar to those at the bottom of oceans on Earth.
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