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Saturn’s moon Enceladus – another water world in our solar system?

Far away from the sun, Saturn’s moon Enceladus is orbiting. Beneath its ice-armored surface, a salty ocean sloshes. The Cassini spacecraft was able to study water vapour fountains and explore nano-ice and salts. At the South Pole, Cassini even discovered silicon compounds that indicate active hydrothermal sources. With organic compounds such as methane and a moon-spanning ocean well protected by the ice shield, Enceladus is another ice world in our solar system.

The lecture Saturn’s moon Enceladus by Bettina Wurche first gives an insight into exobiology and then explains the peculiarities of Enceladus´ as a potential carrier of life. The focus is on the discussion of what life in such a salt-ocean could look like and which terrestrial ecosystems offer model comparisons. It concerns also the mysterious “Lost City” in the depth of the North Atlantic. A scenario with a lot of science fiction potential – like so many of the moons in our solar system!

Lecturer: Bettina Wurche
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
The biologist and journalist Bettina Wurche is an avowed science fiction fan. With an emphasis on "science"!

She works freelance for various media and institutions and writes the science blog meertext. Her favourite subject is writing and talking about oceans and their inhabitants - from past, present or future times. Her speciality is science marketing: the generally comprehensible communication of scientific facts in lively texts, lectures and exhibitions. From her travels between the North and South Polar Seas she has met hundreds of whales and other marine creatures. Earthly ecosystems of the past and present are examples of hypothetical habitats on other planets or moons.

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