It’s not completely impossible that we’ll find life on Saturn—it’s never completely impossible—but if we do, it won’t be life as we’ve come to understand it. Some think a series of asteroid collisions with Saturn’s Moons caused leftover debris to be trapped in orbit. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK–MdCSg, Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday Get the MegaPack collection now for this great price. The planet is comprised almost entirely hydrogen and helium, with only trace amounts of water ice in its lower cloud deck. Saturn’s moon Enceladus is known to have geysers of water erupting from its southern pole. The Guide to Space is a series of space and astronomy poddcasts by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today, Episode 700: Interview: Wallace Arthur and the Biological Universe. Is there life on Saturn’s moon? By the time you’ve reached Saturn’s liquid metal core (assuming it has one, and that’s probably a safe assumption), you’re not really talking about anything a human would regard as habitable, or even observable. Here’s an article about exotic life that could live on Titan, and another that dismisses the possibility that there’s life on Enceladus. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. And More…, Episode 698: Open Space 95: Would SpaceX Have Survived without NASA? Jupiter is the only planet in our solar system that is larger than Saturn. More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ There are several theories as to how your planet’s flagship landmark came to be. Saturn's moon, Titan. Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain The heat melts the ice around it, creating a vast subsurface lake at the southern pole of enceladus. And, like the other gaseous planets, you technically could not live on Saturn, simply because it has no solid surfaces. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio, What Fraser's Watching Playlist: Interiors of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune compared. Answer and Explanation: There is no evidence, at this point, of life on Saturn itself, however, scientists suspect that there may be life on two of the planet's moons, Enceladus and Titan. Others think it may be leftover debris from the original formation of our solar system’s planets over four billion years ago. https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter, Weekly Space Hangout: Contrary to conventional wisdom, we now know that they’re about the same age as Saturn: 4.5 billion years old, plenty of time for an ecosystem to evolve. Publish Date: 8/27/14 Topic: Space + Flight Space & Flight Nova It’s possible that it has vast reserves of superheated water beneath an ice crust. Temperatures do get warmer as you descend into Saturn’s atmosphere, but the pressures increase too. However, living on Saturn is not as glitzy and glamorous as it may seem. Prior to its heroic demise, the Cassini-Huygens mission was responsible for acquiring 635 gigabytes of data about Saturn and its moons, which contributed to over 4,000 published scientific papers. https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/, Audio Podcast version: And More…, Episode 694: Interview: Fred Watson, Australia's Astronomer at Large, Episode 693: Open Space 92: Why I Hate Embargoed News Stories, and More…, Episode 692: Open Space 91: Any Updates on Venus? Rather, it is a frigid world full of surprise and treachery. Image: NASA. Based on what we’ve seen from the Cassini probe in flybys from 2008 to 2015, we know that this tiny moon has a liquid water ocean under a surface crust of ice. It’s hard to imagine a planet less hospitable for life than Saturn. There might not be life on Saturn, but there are enough intriguing locations to explore around the ringed planet to keep astronomers busy for years. Join us at patreon.com/universetoday. There might not be life on Saturn, but there are enough intriguing locations to explore around the ringed planet to keep astronomers busy for years.