Life could persist in one of the Saturn’s Moon – a research detailed
There have been many researches that put up the idea that life could sustain on the moons of Saturn. One such moon is Enceladus, which is one of the most fascinating objects in the solar system. One reason that’s its fascinating is that it has all the basic ingredients that are sufficient to sustain life. It is covered in ice but consists of warm ocean terrain.
New experiment suggest that there is actually a chance that life could sustain in this frozen moon. The research was published on Nature Communications, according to which methane producing microbes could survive in these conditions.
Simon Rittmann led research team performed experiments on microbes found around Earth’s hydrothermal vents and placed them into Enceladus like conditions. And to their surprise microbes were fit enough to live in those conditions. This has made Enceladus a new hotspot for the search of extraterrestrial life.
Enceladus occasionally shoots plume of water vapor and solid particles into space. Measurements made by NASA’s late-great Cassini probe indicate the presence of life-sustaining chemicals within the plume, including organic and nitrogen-bearing molecules, salts, silicates, and molecular hydrogen. What’s more, Enceladus has been able to sustain a warm ice-capped ocean for billions of years in yet another sign of potential habitability.
But still this experiment is not an actual of presence of any extra-terrestrial life on Saturn’s moon. In a statement Rittmann said:
Although we tried to be as broad as possible with the experiments regarding pressure, composition of medium and gases, temperature, microorganisms, inhibitors, [and so on], our study is no evidence for possible extraterrestrial life. Possibly a mission dedicated to…Enceladus…for searching for biosignatures of life, would be of interest to the scientific community.
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