NASA telescope spots large water plume on moon that could support alien life

A giant water plume spotted coming out of one of Saturn's moons could be the best indicator yet that it could support human life.

The moon, called Enceladus, was being watched by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope recently when it picked up on a vast plume coming from the planet.

It was already known that water plumes came from the moon previously, but this one was so large that it left NASA boffins baffled.

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Geronimo Villanueva, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in the United States, said: “When I was looking at the data, at first, I was thinking I had to be wrong. It was just so shocking to detect a water plume more than 20 times the size of the moon.

“The water plume extends far beyond its release region at the southern pole.

“The orbit of Enceladus around Saturn is relatively quick, just 33 hours.

“As it whips around Saturn, the moon and its jets are basically spitting off water, leaving a halo, almost like a doughnut, in its wake.

“In the Webb observations, not only was the plume huge, but there was just water absolutely everywhere.”

Enceladus is actually the six-largest moon of Saturn, and measures just 313 miles across.

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It is known as one of the most reflective bodies in the Solar System due to it mainly being covered by ice.

In December 2022, it was declared by Morgan Cable, an astrobiologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in California that the moon could support life after it was found that phosphorus existed on it.

She said: “Enceladus now appears to meet all of the criteria for a habitable ocean.”

Cable also recently campaigned for a NASA mission to the planet – although she did not state whether that would be manned or unmanned – but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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