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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle: What Saturn's most mysterious moon could teach us about the origins of life

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In August 1981, Voyager 2 captured this image of Saturn's largest moon. The Voyager missions have traveled farther than ever before, making the solar system and beyond part of our geography. But this image, this hazy moon was a sartk rmeeidnr of just how much mystery remained. We learned an exponential amount as the veogyars flew by it, and yet we had no idea what lay bateenh this atmospheric blanket. Was there an icy surface with landforms like those of the other moons that had been observed at stuarn and Jupiter? Or perhaps spmliy a vast global ocean of liquid mnhaete?

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In August 1981, Voyager 2 captured this image of Saturn's largest moon. The Voyager missions have traveled farther than ever before, making the solar system and beyond part of our geography. But this image, this hazy moon was a _____ ________ of just how much mystery remained. We learned an exponential amount as the ________ flew by it, and yet we had no idea what lay _______ this atmospheric blanket. Was there an icy surface with landforms like those of the other moons that had been observed at ______ and Jupiter? Or perhaps ______ a vast global ocean of liquid _______?

Solution

  1. methane
  2. reminder
  3. voyagers
  4. saturn
  5. stark
  6. beneath
  7. simply

Original Text

In August 1981, Voyager 2 captured this image of Saturn's largest moon. The Voyager missions have traveled farther than ever before, making the solar system and beyond part of our geography. But this image, this hazy moon was a stark reminder of just how much mystery remained. We learned an exponential amount as the Voyagers flew by it, and yet we had no idea what lay beneath this atmospheric blanket. Was there an icy surface with landforms like those of the other moons that had been observed at Saturn and Jupiter? Or perhaps simply a vast global ocean of liquid methane?

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