Friday, July 9, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. – The Cassini probe made a flight over the moon Enceladus, some time before making its final descent into Saturn’s atmosphere. The data collected by the spacecraft was analyzed by a team of scientists from the University of Arizona. The results of the study are intriguing.
Methane in space
The Cassini probe has lived its last moments in Saturn’s atmosphere. Before embarking on its final descent, it flew over the moon Enceladus. The NASA craft managed to transmit data and images for analysis. The data collected revealed the abundant presence of methane, a gas found on Earth. Geysers propel these gases to very high altitude.
Look for evidence
A new study assesses the possibility that these gas emissions into space are of biological origin. According to the current knowledge of science, methane from the ocean of Enceladus proves that there is life under its icy crust. Mathematical models were created by scientists to assess the possibility that this gas came from another source.
The verdict is clear: the chances of it being abiotic are very low. From another point of view, an environment conducive to life is likely to be at the origin of these gaseous materials. Researchers cannot say with certainty that they have found life on Saturn’s moon, but the odds are high.
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