There is always good news from outer space. Scientists and researchers are studying Mars extensively, discovering new types of supernovae, and looking for pairs of neutron stars and black holes. But for others, nothing is more exciting than the possibility of life on other planets. (To be honest, this has become very complicated and we want to go.)
So far, there aren’t any confirmed alien sightings on another planet, but, there may be signs of life near Saturn. Yes, many children’s favorite planets (obviously due to their halo) may have some microbes on one of its many moons.
The news that New Atlas relayed is a very good development. According to the report, methane is being produced on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. Methane is a greenhouse gas, which is decomposed and produced by microorganisms at the same time. The methane content on Enceladus is so high that they are in line with scientists’ expectations of microorganisms.
Given Enceladus’ icy outer surface, Enceladus does not seem to be the main habitat for microscopic life. However, just outside of this layer are submarine mud and hydrothermal vents. This water-like substance sometimes breaks its icy crust into a column of water, similar to a geyser erupting on the earth.
Other evidence comes from the NASA/ESA/ISA Cassini space probe, which studied the ring-shaped planet and its satellites and also discovered carbon dioxide and dihydrogen. So what does this mean? There may be bacteria there. Of course, this is not a complete conclusion, as the co-lead author of this study, Régis Ferrière (Régis Ferrière) explained in the study published in “Natural Astronomy”.
Ferriere stated, “Obviously, we are not concluding that life exists in Enceladus’ ocean, rather, we wanted to understand how likely it would be that Enceladus’ hydrothermal vents could be habitable to Earthlike microorganisms. Very likely, the Cassini data tell us, according to our models. And biological methanogenesis appears to be compatible with the data.”
We will have to pay close attention to future research on our increasingly fascinating solar system.
Saturn has 82 moons. 53 satellites have been confirmed and named, and another 29 satellites are awaiting discovery and confirmation of official names. The moons of Saturn vary in size, from larger than Mercury (the giant moon Titan) to smaller than the playground. Satellites shape, contribute and collect material from Saturn’s rings and magnetosphere.
The overflights of Voyager and Pioneer in the 1970s and 1980s provided rough sketches of Saturn’s moons. But in the years of orbiting Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft discovered previously unknown satellites, solved the mystery of known satellites, studied their interaction with the ring, and uncovered new ones. The mystery includes the discovery of ingredients with life potential on marine satellites. A whole new generation of space scientists will be involved.
Four spacecraft visited the Saturn system, but in fact, only Cassini orbited the ringed planet. This allowed Cassini to stay for more than ten years to observe Saturn’s exotic zoo, which has more than 60 moons, which is unprecedented. Cassini observed, heard, smelled, and even tasted the moons of Saturn, and its knowledge of them was simply extraordinary.