How do I even begin to explain this amazing, absolutely bananas space f--kery?
On Wednesday, NASA will send an unmanned spacecraft through the icy spray of Saturn's moon, Enceladus. Why does Saturn's moon have an icy spray, you might ask? Oh, NBD, but Saturn has an "underground ocean" made of liquid water, Discovery reports.
The probe, called Cassini, will embark on the "deepest dive" into the icy plume yet -- the spacecraft will hover roughly 30 miles above Enceladus' surface, collecting samples from the spray. According to NASA, "The encounter will allow Cassini to obtain the most accurate measurements yet of the plume's composition, and new insights into the ocean world beneath the ice."
While traversing an icy plume is literally and figuratively extremely chill, let's talk for a minute about that "world beneath the ice." Raw Story reports that "while the Cassini probe's flyby on Wednesday will not be able to detect if there are life forms in the spray, scientists hope the close pass will give them new insight into the habitability of the extraterrestrial ocean."
I'm not saying there will be underwater aliens there, but I'm not prepared to say they won't be there.