The latest announcement coming from NASA has everyone scratching their heads at the possibility of life on other planets. The shocking part is, that alien life may be closer than we think.
NASA announced this week that there may be elements present on Saturn’s moons that indicate the possibility of alien life within our own solar system, according to the U.K. Independent. The space agency reported all the necessary compounds to support life can be found on one of Saturn’s moons.
The moon in question, Enceladus, reportedly contains chemicals that when found on Earth usually indicate the presence of life.
NASA is positing that there could be life hidden underneath the icy shell of the Saturn moon:
Enceladus has long been a point of interest for NASA researchers as it held many chemical compounds found on Earth, but it wasn’t until a recent deep dive space mission by the Cassini spacecraft that researchers uncovered the missing ingredient that would make extraterrestrial life possible … hydrogen.
This hydrogen compound was said to be “a potential source of chemical energy that could support microbes on the seafloor of Enceladus,” researchers said at a news conference, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
On NASA’s official website, Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was more explicit.
“Confirmation that the chemical energy for life exists within the ocean of a small moon of Saturn is an important milestone in our search for habitable worlds beyond Earth,” she said.
This is a very exciting time for space exploration. With China, Russia, and the U.S. beginning a new space race, and the possibility that NASA may have uncovered a solid destination to search for extraterrestrial life … the world as we know it may very well change.
We may finally be able to at least partially answer the question: Are we alone?
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