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Mimas is often called the Death Star because of its resemblance to the Star Wars space station that struck fear into the heart of millions. But Mimas isn’t some dreaded creation of the Galactic Empire. Instead, it’s a small moon of Saturn.
It’s also, surprisingly enough, home to a lot of water.
For many years, scientists have assumed that Mimas was a big ball of ice because of its heavily cratered surface. But the Cassini mission from NASA determined what was really going on with the moon.
That’s because while studying it, NASA saw that Mimas wobbles slightly as it spins on its axis, suggesting that there is an ocean deep below the moon’s icy surface.
The concept of Mimas being an ocean world is a bit mind-blowing and would be the first of its kind. According to geophysicists, it would be a new class of small celestial bodies, “stealth” ocean worlds that don’t seem like them because of their surfaces.
Alyssa Rhoden was the brilliant mind that made this discovery about Mimas and while there is no confirmation of her theory being correct, it has created new interest in this moon and the possible great, spewing ocean that lays deep below its surface.
So how would the underground ocean on Mimas work?
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