The mysterious Saturn moon is the best place to look for extraterrestrial life, physicist says

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NASA has already said, Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, would be able to live, and that’s what makes it one of, if not the most intriguing place in the solar system. Now, the former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the project scientist for the Voyager program, is to plead the case of the space agency, to head towards the frozen celestial satellite, in the hope of discovering life….

“We really need to go back and look at the moon,” Ed Stone, told The Guardian. “We know that there is water in the ice-evaporation – geysering from the south pole. It’s snowing all the time. This means that there is liquid water beneath its icy crust. Here, on Earth, everywhere where there is water, there is microbial life.”

Stone, 83, is a professor at the California Institute of Technology (mit), and has been the project scientist for the Voyager program since 1972.

In the global ocean, with a unique chemistry and internal heating, Enceladus has become a very promising lead in the search for worlds where life could exist.


NASA has not yet responded to a request for comment for this story.

Prior to the close proximity of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are at the beginning of the 1980’s, not much was known about the moon, which is known as the “ocean scene” was discovered in 1789. “When we did fly, it was a bright, white,” Stone added. In 2005, the Cassini spacecraft has a number of proximity of the celestial satellite, and that the discovery of water plumes on the south pole.

In 2017, NASA found that the presence of hydrogen in the atmosphere, it’s something to Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s JPL, ” he said at the time, it can be useful as a “potential source of energy from all the germs.”

A year later, scientists made a startling announcement when she said that she had found the complex organic molecules, the “building blocks” for life on the moon. Separately, that same year, researchers determined Enceladus, the water is likely to be 1 billion years old, placing it in the sweet spot to support life.

The Cassini spacecraft deliberately plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere in September 2017, with the leave of the Stone and wondering what the other person is a future in the craft is able to detect. “There are people out there that are thinking how-to-fly across the water,” he said. “I think it would be best to fly through the water and return the samples to Earth in order to see if there were germs in there.”

This outstanding view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during a close flyby of the icy moon of October. 28, 2015.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Cassini was launched in 1997 out of a total of $3.9 billion, down from$2.5 billion in the pre-launch expenses and a $1.4 billion (post-launch), and he spent 13 years cycling, studying, and taking data on Saturn and its moons.


“Microbes are the most likely things to be found,” Stone continued. “We would like to have a look to see if the microbes are related to those of you who are here on the Earth, or striking in any other way.”

Even though NASA has already said, Enceladus is a ‘ promising ‘ocean world,'” which was not included in the itinerary of the current mission to explore one of the moons of Saturn. As part of its New Frontiers program, NASA will send the Dragonfly spacecraft to explore Titan, which, like Enceladus, is also the “ocean world” that will be able to host alien life.


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