Life on Saturn’s Moons?

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NASA announced that they detected an ocean beneath the surface of one of Saturn’s moons. If conditions are right, it could mean the existence of life:

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NASA announced Thursday that a subsurface ocean has been detected on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, with hydrogen pouring into it from hydrothermal activity on the sea floor. The gas could potentially provide a chemical energy source for life, researchers from the Cassini project to Saturn and the Hubble Space Telescope report. The findings suggest that Enceladus has an ocean below its surface similar to the one believed to exist on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.

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In the world of rent-seeking bureaucracy, the game is to turn one Federal grant into another Federal grant. That’s why the mission must never end. There must always be some great discovery that we’ve only just been able to glimpse. More government money is needed to turn that glimpse into something more:

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The work shows that humanity should send a mission specifically to Enceladus to hunt for signs of life, researchers said.

Professor Jackman, who worked on the Cassini mission, called the findings a “tantalising result” and called for further work to establish more about the icy moon. Professor Dartnell said that there are “some really profound discoveries awaiting us”.

The basis for this excitement and hope is faith. The Bloomberg article opens with a statement of that faith: “All of us can thank water for helping life emerge from the remnants of the big bang.”

 

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