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Water Evidence of Saturn's Moon Enceladus -- Audio Clips
03.09.06
 
NASA's Cassini spacecraft may have found evidence of liquid water reservoirs that erupt in Yellowstone-like geysers on Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus, which is about the size of Arizona. The findings are contained in this week's issue of the journal Science.

More information on the Cassini mission is at www.nasa.gov/cassini .

CUT 1 - DR. CAROLYN PORCO, CASSINI IMAGING TEAM LEADER, FROM THE SPACE SCIENCE INSTITUTE IN BOULDER, COLORADO, SUMMARIZES WHAT THEY'VE FOUND.
Running time: :20
OUT: "POCKETS OF WATER"
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Transcript of CUT 1:
"We haven’t found water, per se, we’ve found evidence of water, and our best models, right now, are those that suggest that there’s pockets of liquid water under the surface, and what we’re seeing in these jets are like the equivalent of Old Faithful, in Yellowstone, they’re geysers that are erupting out of pockets of water."

CUT 2 - DR. CAROLYN PORCO EXPLAINS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DISCOVERY THAT THERE MAY BE LIQUID WATER ON ENCELADUS.
Running time: :33
OUT: "SUITABLE FOR LIFE"
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Transcript of CUT 2:
"It appears we have all the ingredients that all the experts have claimed for a long time now, you would need to have environments suitable for living organisms. And so, that’s what we think we have here. We have found another environment in our solar system, in a very surprising place, that could host living organisms. Now, of course, we’ll never know until we go there, but it’s a very, very, very exciting possibility. It's really broadened the diversity of those environments that we can expect to see conditions suitable for life."

CUT 3 - DR. TORRENCE JOHNSON, CASSINI IMAGING TEAM MEMBER FROM NASA'S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY, SAYS THE DISCOVERY OF WATER EVIDENCE ON ENCELADUS RAISES SOME INTRIGUING POSSIBILITIES.
Running time: :27
OUT: "PREVIOUS THINKING"
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Transcript of CUT 3:
"If we're finding more of these types of places and the necessary energy sources to have liquid water in these what we had previously regarded as inhospitable environments, it could well be that icy moons around other stars, around planets of other stars, might be the most common places where you would have the right ingredients for life, which is sort of a turnaround from some of the previous thinking."