Enceladus has gas

By Michael on March 27, 2008 at 1:17 pm | In Blog Posts | No Comments

Phil “The Bad Astronomer” Plait has a nice article on new results from Cassini.

Coupled together, these two items indicate that if there is an ocean beneath the frozen crust of the moon, then it’s reasonably warm, and rich in organic compounds. We don’t know how life started on Earth, but it’s a good guess that an ocean thick with organic compounds was involved at some point.

We don’t know how common life is and the possibility that life exists on Enceladus is quite small. Still, research in the solar system and in the deep oceans of Earth are suggesting some exciting new possibilities for environments suitable for life.

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