NASA announced that the ocean of Enceladus (Saturn’s moon) discovered organic compounds. To such conclusion on the basis of data collected automatic station Cassini.
These data are published in the scientific journal astronomy and astrophysics Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
As evidenced by the discovery? Of course, this does not mean that on Saturn “is life.” However, in theory it could be. This is an important step in the study of celestial bodies.
Previously, scientists have found traces of organic compounds on Enceladus, but it was impossible to determine their specific type.
Enceladus is covered with ice and snow-white surface. It is the sixth largest moon of Saturn. Its core filled with water – a necessary component of the existence of living micronutrients. It is in the ice particles, the station Cassini has detected organic compounds.
In particular, there are present nitrogen-containing and oxygen-containing compounds which lead to the formation of “building blocks” of life known as amino acids.
The Cassini Mission
What is known about the Cassini mission?
Automated spacecraft launched in October 1997. He reached the Saturn system in 2004. In April 2014 NASA announced that the spacecraft had found evidence of large underground ocean of liquid water on Enceladus, moon of Saturn.
Even then, scientists said that underground ocean suggests that Enceladus is one of the most likely places in the Solar system where life might exist.
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