Possible conditions for life discovered on Saturn moon

This evening, US space agency NASA published findings obtained by the Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope, indicating that beneath the icy surface of one of Saturn’s moons are oceans that may support the formation of life.
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US space agency NASA published the findings obtained by the Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope, indicating that conditions in which life may develop have been discovered on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

From information obtained by the spacecraft, there is evidence of chemical reactions under the icy surface of the moon. These reactions may develop an environment that supports life. “Life has not been discovered on Enceladus,” stated Professor David Rothery. “But we do now have the last piece of evidence needed to demonstrate that life is possible there.”

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Saturn Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The oceans exist a few miles below the surface of Enceladus, therefore researchers must draw conclusions from the vapors that rise into the atmosphere through the cracks in the ice. Enceladus is Saturn’s sixth largest moon, was discovered in 1789 and is 1.272 billion kilometers (0.790 billion miles) away from Earth.

Picture from NASA's announcement Photo credit: NASA/ Channel 2 News

“These new discoveries will help inform future ocean world exploration - including NASA’s upcoming Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in the 2020s - and the broader search for life beyond Earth,” said NASA earlier.



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