Saturn’s moon Mimas might hold water under its surface and could contain life

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Hang on to your tractor beam, The Force is strong with this week's Weird Science. Astronomers have a very good feeling about Saturn's moon Mimas even though it looks very much like the sinister Imperial base in Star Wars, saying this Death Star look-a-like might hold "life" not death.

At first, sky gazers didn't give little Mimas much thought. The small moon being one of sixty-two known moons to orbit around the ringed planet. Mimas was often eclipsed by Saturn's far bigger (and sexier) moons Titan and Enceladus. But there was something about Mimas that scientists couldn't shake off, and that was the tiny moon wobbled when it went around Saturn.

Why? Well, for one of two reasons that astronomers can think of. Either Mimas' core might be as irregular as a football, causing the moon to fumble around Saturn on its wobbly orbit. Or Mimas is full of water.

H2O, the basic building block for life. If there's some secret ocean below the crater-face, scientists say that could indicate the moon might sustain "life" inside of it. Not so deadly after all, right Darth Vader?

From Star Wars, to possible moon-water, Weird Science wants you to remember this closing thought; it's not what is on the outside, but what's inside that counts.

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