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Earth bacteria could survive on one of Saturn's moons

Geysers erupt from the pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Saltwater geysers erupt from Enceladus' icy surface. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

Bacterial life could survive in the ocean beneath the surface of one of Saturn’s icy moons, according to new research published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

Why it matters: The Saturnian moon Enceladus is considered one of the best possible places to look for life in our solar system — and our galaxy — so far. If we were to find life on Enceladus, it would also broaden the types of places we could search for life. Right now, we just look for Earth-like planets close enough to the sun to have liquid water.