Reports have suggested that NASA might have found potential alien habitats in our solar system, and to be specific, on one of the moons of Saturn.
A press conference (WATCH LIVE AT 2 PM ET BELOW!) has been scheduled and will reveal a finding that is said to help inform future ocean world exploration.
LIFE MAY ALREADY EXIST ON ONE OF THE MOONS OF SATURN
A former employee of NASA has said that more than likely NASA is going to reveal the discovery of chemical activity traces in an alien ocean on one of the moons of Saturn, Enceladus. Experts have suggested that this is a place where life may exist already.
The NASA announcement said that new discoveries are going to help inform future ocean world exploration and this will include the Europa Clipper mission of NASA that is going to take place in 2020, along with a wider search for alien life beyond Earth.
An analyst and former employee of NASA said that he believes that NASA will reveal the finding of chemical activity in the hydrothermal vents on Saturn’s icy moon. He said that Enceladus is more than likely behind the creation of methane from carbon dioxide. He went on to say that the process gives an indication of possible zones that are habitable in the ocean of Enceladus; however, he went on to say that habitable doesn’t necessarily mean that it is inhabited, only that it could be.
ENCELADUS MAY BE PERFECT PLACE TO FIND LIFE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Enceladus is Saturn’s sixth largest moon and it is mainly covered over by clean fresh ice, which makes it one of the bodies of the solar system that is the most reflective. Experts have the belief that it may be the perfect place in our solar system to find the first traces that alien life does exist.
Enceladus was found in August 1798 by astronomer William Herschel, however, until Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 passed close by during the early 80s, little was known about it. Astronomers have longed believed that Enceladus may have the conditions that are needed to sustain life. They claim the watery jets along with hydrothermal activity, and a global ocean may be found underneath the icy crust.
The discovery of the Enceladus hydrothermal vents would be more than fascinating due to the fact that experts think that life on Earth could have been started deep down in crevasses under the sea.
Hydrothermal vents have been located on Earth in numerous locations where water that has been superheated from deep in the planet has reached the ocean. Thanks to temperatures along with the pressure of the vents, interesting chemistry happens. Some astrobiologists believe that hydrothermal vents might be where the very first life originated on the planet.
Earth has hydrothermal vents that play home to microorganisms, and these have been able to adapt so that they can absorb the energy from the chemicals instead of the sun. Larger life forms are then able to feed on the microorganisms, and this leads the way for entire communities to arise. On Earth life depends on sunlight, but the deep hydrothermal communities can operate without the need for the input of energy from the sun.
It is thought that NASA is going to announce that they have found organisms that exist inside our very own solar system. They may have based this on the pure amount of hydrogen found in plumes that are come from the South Pole of the moon. A large amount of hydrogen would suggest very strongly that there is a constant hydrothermal process in the ocean, which is under Enceladus` surface, which is interacting with the organic compounds and rock.
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