Finding life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus may be easier than we think

New research suggests there are locations on the surface of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, where spacecraft can land to pick up clean traces of essential ingredients for life. These biosignatures are believed to originate from the ocean floor within the world’s icy shell.

Enceladus it has long been known that there are organic molecules – compounds composed of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen – under its seabed. Before it fell over the Saturn in 2017, the Cassini spacecraft flew through plumes of material that exploded through fissures on the surface of Enceladus, detecting organic molecules such as methane and ethane as well as other complex compounds reaching great altitudes.

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