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NASA Finds Nearby Ocean Worlds That Could Sustain Life

Published on 14 April, 2017 at 6:23 pm By

Finally, the future is here!

NASA has revealed that it has found that Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, and Jupiter’s moon, Europa, can have life on them. Enceladus has a better prospect of habitability as compared to Europa.


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The Cassini spacecraft used a mass spectrometer to detect abundance of hydrogen molecules in water plumes arising out of “tiger stripes” on Enceladus’ icy surface. Enceladus has an ocean beneath its icy surface resulting in the formation of methane that can sustain life forms.

 

Hunter Waite, leader of the Cassini Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer team at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and lead author of the Enceladus Study, commented,

Now, Enceladus is high on the list in the solar system for showing habitable conditions. The presence of hydrogen established another reference point saying there is hydrothermal activity inside this body, and that’s interesting because we know in our own oceans, those are very important places that are teeming with life, and they are probably one of the earliest places where life happened on Earth.



In another case, the Hubble telescope showed a water plume erupting on the warmest part on Europa, Jupiter’s moon with the icy surface. Europe is believed to have a salty ocean containing twice the amount of water found in Earth’s oceans. This is the second time a plume has been observed in the same location, exciting the scientific community worldwide.

 


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Britney Schmidt, second author of Europe Study, commented,

This is significant, because the rest of the planet isn’t easy to predict or understand, and it’s happening for the second time in the warmest spot.

These findings bring in a revolution in the understanding of the solar system. If life is possible on these moons, then the appearances of UFOs around the world can also make some sense.


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