Saturn’s moon Mimas may be a ‘stealth’ ocean world

Saturn’s icy moon Mimas may be a “hidden” ocean world, according to new research.

Mimassmallest and innermost Saturn‘s large moons are believed to generate enough heat to support a subsurface ocean of liquid water. Recent simulations of the moon’s Herschel impact basin—the most prominent feature on its heavily cratered surface—support the absence of tectonics on Mimas, as well as the existence of a geologically young interior ocean surrounded by a thinning ice crust. statement (opens in new tab) from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas.


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