"Rebel science" is fun on weekends, because it drives the MSM all mavericky, causes them to yell "conspiracy theory" into their microphones, and then break for commercials.
This blog has entertained the rebellion in prior posts, because the data support multiple theories, not just the ones pumped out by Big Brother.
So, on with the show.
NASA is now sure that its Cassini spacecraft, which has been exploring Saturn, its rings, and its moons, has discovered ammonia on Enceladus.
"Whoopie fraggin doo" you say, "I have ammonia in my bathroom closet". The big thing about this, gang, is that they have also found organics in the water and in the outer ring of Saturn which Enceladus is building and has been building.
Several things come up. One, as you know I subscribe to the exploded planet hypothesis for explaining the debris field (asteroid belt) between Mars & Jupiter. I also consider some of the moons of Saturn, specifically Enceladus, to be parts of the ocean on that planet that exploded.
When the planet exploded some of its ocean, the sandy bed under that ocean, and some bedrock under that were cast into space and were then captured by Jupiter and Saturn's gravity. Any life in that ocean probably died, except perhaps some microbes.
Any chunk like that cast into space which is over 400 miles in diameter will form a globe shape due to the power of its own gravity. The rocky material will settle toward the center. This is exactly the way several moons of Jupiter and Saturn are composed and structured; lots of water, organics, and harder inner cores.
There is another thing, since Enceladus is finite and has only a certain amount of water, and it is responsible for building the outer ring of Saturn with that water, it had to have come to Saturn relatively recently. By "relatively recently" I speak in terms of multiple millions of years, because Saturn is about 4 billion years old.
Enceladus would have already run out of water to build the outer ring if it came into existence when Saturn did some 4 billion years ago. The water would have run out in a comparatively short time, since Enceladus is only about 500 miles in diameter.
Thus, Saturn offers so many mysteries that the science textbooks are shaking in their boots.
More discoveries in China are likewise sure to have more textbooks thinking about the great shredder in the sky.
The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.