Saturn is the sixth planet of the sun and the second largest in the solar system. He is best known for his outstanding ring system. In 2004, NASA's Cassini probe entered the planet's orbit to investigate the unique features and surrounding natural satellites. Four years later, on March 12, 2008, Cassini passed the Enceladus moon within 30 miles of water, carbon dioxide and other gases.
Brian Cox explained during his BBC series "The Planets" why the discovery left the space agency to believe that Enceladus could hide some form of life.
He said last month, "Cassini has deepened our understanding of the origin and evolution of Saturn.
"Just beyond the ring, he discovered another treasure that may contain answers to some of our deepest questions about the possibility of living in the solar system.
"More than a billion kilometers away from the heat of the sun, at the very edge of the Saturn rings, lies the icy moon Enceladus.
Dr. Cox went on to describe how the surface of Enceladus fascinated scientists.
He added, "Enceladus is a small moon, it's just about the size of Iceland.
"But that does not make it boring, it's the most reflective object in the solar system, over 90 percent of the light it hits is thrown back." 1
"The largest tiger stripes are over 100 km long. ]
"With all the beauty of the surface, this is what happens under the ice making Enceladus something special. "
Dr. Cox explained how NASA later discovered that water is below the surface of this moon, meaning it could potentially support life in the future.
He continued, "What we found Under Enceladus & # 39; icecream must be one of the greatest discoveries in 21st century space exploration.
"But it was a discovery that was hidden in the air.
"When Cassini approached Enceladus, the anomaly was revealed.
"Huge vapor and ice clouds erupted from its surface.
" Over 200 kg of material were released per second. "
Yesterday it became known that NASA believes the world will perish after being immersed in the sun.
Currently, about 600 million tons of hydrogen per second are fused to helium, causing four million tons of matter per second in
However, this warned Brian Cox during his BBC series "Empire of the Sun" what could happen in the future.
He said in 2010: "The sun will be the biggest part spend their lives in the main sequence and burn their huge hydrogen reserves steadily fuel that will last at least five billion years. "
" But eventually the fuel will be scarce and its core will collapse.
"Then something strange will happen.  "The outer layer of the sun will expand and its color will change.
"It will grow to 200 times its size today and extend into orbit where the prospects of our own planet are poor."