As the Cassini mission draws to a close, the examination of the unique, geysering world of Enceladus moves into a new era. The prospects of future missions, sampling the moon’s ocean-derived plume in search of biosignatures and other evidence of life, demand a new, multi-disciplinary approach.
This special AGU session on Enceladus will cover relevant topics in planetary science, oceanography, microbiology, organic chemistry, astrobiology, and origin of life, with the ultimate goal of synthesizing the currently available information and developing a framework for describing the moon’s biological potential.
We will focus on the most recent observational, theoretical and modeling efforts, and encourage submissions in the above-mentioned areas that are specific to our findings on Enceladus. Presentations on concepts for future Enceladus missions will also be considered.
Submission deadline: Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Valery Lainey, JPL, Pasadena, CA; Observatory of Paris, Paris, France
Julie Huber, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA
Carolyn Porco, UC Berkeley, CA; Space Science Institute, Boulder CO
Chris German, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA