Methane On Saturn’s Enceladus: A Sign of Life?

Saturn's Moon, Methane and Life
Enceladus as seen by the Cassini Spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

Researchers say that some of Earth’s tough microbes could probably survive in Enceladus—Saturn’s moon. A new research says that the buried ocean in Enceladus eats up the hydrogen from interactions between the rock formations and the seawater. The microbes that the scientists tested produced methane as their byproduct.

When Enceladus’ intense south pole geysers blasted particles into space, the Cassini spacecraft from NASA detected methane. That methane could be of biological or geological in origin. These new results could help add more perspective in the search of possible life in our solar system’s ocean moons. This new study was published online last February 27 in the Nature Communications Journal.

Full article at Space.com

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