enceladus mission

If you've been paying attention to the scientific search for extraterrestrial life you'll already know that in recent months the frosty Saturn moon Enceladus is looking mighty tempting. The ice-covered ocean world has a steamy hot center and plenty of life-giving water hidden beneath its thick layer of ice, and researchers have determined that if alien life does exist here in our own Solar System, Enceladus is probably our best bet at finding it. Now, a fabulously wealthy Russian plans to beat NASA to the punch and launch a mission to explore Enceladus.

The man, Yuri Milner, is no stranger to space exploration, having already dropped a cool $100 million on plans to launch probes towards Alpha Centauri, but figuring out exactly what is hidden beneath the icy crust of Enceladus is a whole other matter. He recently announced his plans, which focus on examining the massive geysers which spew water from deep cracks on the moon's souther pole, while noting that he believes he can do it well before NASA gets around to it.

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Russian billionaire wants to beat NASA in the search for alien life, and he’s moving forward with his plan originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 23 Nov 2017 at 11:25:24 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.