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Tech & Science Saturn moon 'satisfies basic requirements for life'

10:53  30 june  2018
10:53  30 june  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Large organic molecules blasted into space from deep-sea vents on one of Saturn 's moons , show that it contains "all of the basic requirements for life as we know Enceladus is only body besides Earth known to 'simultaneously satisfy all of the basic requirements for life as we know it', say scientists.

null© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd null The best evidence yet for alien life has been discovered on one of Saturn’s moon.

Scientists say organic molecules launched into space from deep-sea vents on Enceladus show that it has the basic requirements for Earth-like life.

The NASA spacecraft Cassini recorded the material as it flew over the moon just before it plunged to its death in the Saturn atmosphere.

A team of international scientists were “blown away” after examining the NASA data, reports the Independent.

a close up of a logo: NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered hydrogen in the plume of gas and icy particles spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered hydrogen in the plume of gas and icy particles spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus. It revealed complex organic chemistry – a required ingredient for life – happens on Enceladus.

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The best evidence yet for alien life has been discovered on one of Saturn ’s moon . Dr Christopher Glein, of the Southwest Research Institute in Texas, said the distant moon is the only body apart from Earth to “simultaneously satisfy all of the basic requirements for life as we know it”.

Previously, only very simple organic molecules, such as methanol, had been identified in the plumes. [Photos of Saturn 's Icy Moon Enceladus]. at Enceladus," said Glein, who describes Enceladus as "the only body besides Earth known to simultaneously satisfy all of the basic requirements for life

Dr Christopher Glein, of the Southwest Research Institute in Texas, said the distant moon is the only body apart from Earth to “simultaneously satisfy all of the basic requirements for life as we know it”.

“We are, yet again, blown away by Enceladus.

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Scientists have used mass spectrometry data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to uncover new details about Saturn 's moon , Enceladus. This moon is the only body besides Earth known to simultaneously satisfy all of the basic requirements for life as we know it.

A form of chemical energy that can support life appears to exist on Saturn ’s moon Enceladus. Liquid water, an energy source, and the right chemicals (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulphur) are the three main requirements for life as we know it.

a close up of a light: This artist impression shows plumes of carbon material shooting out into space from Enceladus. (Image: NASA).© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd This artist impression shows plumes of carbon material shooting out into space from Enceladus. (Image: NASA).

“Previously we’d only identified the simplest organic molecules containing a few carbon atoms, but even that was very intriguing.”

The new findings are the result of years of gleaned data taken by Cassini as it flew near Saturn’s moons.

The study was reported in the journal Science.

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