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An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
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  1. Blog 13: The Garden of Enceladus
    17 Apr, 2017
    Blog 13: The Garden of Enceladus
    The news last week from Saturn’s moon Enceladus was thrilling. The possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system suddenly seems highly plausible. Less than two years ago, scientists of the Cassini-Huygens project announced that the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn had found evidence that Enceladus has an ice-covered ocean that envelops the little moon. It was discovered through analyzing the moon’s wobble, which was different from what it would have been if Enceladus were solid. The motion
  2. Blog 9: Exploring Distant Worlds
    07 Mar, 2017
    Blog 9: Exploring Distant Worlds
    Imagine a manmade "Dragonfly" of a robotic laboratory churning through the orange atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan, alighting wherever scientists want it to land. It could skim over lakes, photograph rugged river valleys that cut through mountains, and settle onto the landscape to sample alien chemistry. Or think of a "Clipper" spacecraft repeatedly skimming over the icy surface of Europa, Jupiter’s large moon, sniffing out compounds that spew from cracks in the surface, and possibly detecting

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