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16-18 years old: Ice plumes at the south pole of Enceladus
Author: Elena Peralta Rodán
SELECTED OBJECTIVE: Ice feathers in the south pole of Enceladus.
OBJECTIVE OF THE INVESTIGATION: To know the composition of the ocean found under the surface of Enceladus to analyze the possibility of existence of life in a satellite of our solar system.
REASONS: Water is a basic component of life. Therefore it is fundamental to study in depth the possibilities offered by a liquid medium in another satellite of our solar system so that it fulfills the necessary conditions for the existence of life.
DATA OR EVIDENCE: The Cassini-Huygens probe has detected:
1. The existence of a large global ocean of liquid water between the ice surface of the satellite and the rocky inner core.
ROUTE OF INVESTIGATION:
A visitor probe like Cassini, if it had the necessary instruments, would not have to land to search for life, but it would suffice to fly through the geysers to collect samples and analyze them.
1. The system is based on a process called "bubble wrap", which consists of collecting samples of the bubbles that rise through the water when they explode by expelling the possible microbes contained in the spray.
POSSIBILITIES OF THE FUTURE:
The relative proximity of Enceladus would allow to send successive probes to study it, with an increasingly advanced technology, whose cost would not be as high as that of other space proposals.
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