The Search for Life in Our Cosmic Backyard

Enceladus, an ice moon of Saturn has gained some attention as a possible location of alien life in our own solar system! Under about 20 miles of ice, Enceladus contains an ocean which can make its way to the surface, producing a geyser of water and other materials, like methane. This has attracted the attention of researchers because methane is produced on Earth through microbial life, suggesting the same may be true on Enceladus. Similar to Earth, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of Enceladus’s ocean could have been the origin of life right in our cosmic backyard!

Want to learn more about this study and Enceladus? Click on the links below!

Bayesian Analysis of Enceladus’s Plume Data to Assess Methanogenesis

Methane in Plume of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Could be Sign of Alien Life, Study Suggests

Enceladus: Saturn’s Tiny, Shiny Moon

New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains

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