New Evidence Increases the Possibility of Discovering Alien Life Within the Solar System

Enceladus
 
Chances of liquid water ocean on Enceladus are getting bigger as new evidence supports the theory of many scientists about it beneath the Saturn’s moon. It has long been discovered that the moon has icy surface and researchers have been suspecting the moon contains a subsurface ocean.

Leading researchers discovered water-rich plumes erupting on the south pole of the Saturn’s moon through the data gathered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2005. Scientists have been reviewing the data since then including the moon’s gravitational field and discovered more mass in the same area than what researchers have thought. One of the explanations was published in Scientific American saying that liquid water is denser than ice and more likely a buried ocean contributed to the hidden mass.

Scientists estimated the size of the hidden body of water to be as large as or larger than United States’ Lake Superior and this interior ocean can be found at approximately 31 miles below the moon’s surface, on top of the rocky core.

Planetary Science Institute senior scientist, Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, said that clues have been there and the actual gravity data is a proof of the pudding.

According to the Scientific American, Enceladus becomes more interesting in the field of extraterrestrial life research. Some scientists, including Jonathan Lunine of Cornell University, are interested to know if terrestrial organisms can also live in that environment. They also consider the moon as one of the top places to search for extraterrestrial life in the solar system.

More data is expected to gather by Cassini spacecraft as it is scheduled to do three more targeted flybys of the moon before it will plunge into the atmosphere of the planet.

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  1. Makes sense. However even if you confirm life of some kind, it's not going to impress the conspiracy, abduction, lights in the sky, grey, missing time, garden variety UFO kooks like you see represented here and similar sites.

  2. Take a moment to consider what the scientific world expects the public at large to accept on faith, nearly everything we think we know about the solar system for starters. Have I or you been outside the earths atmosphere ? Have we seen the moon first hand ? We accept the solar system has a set number of planets and none are earthlike, we accept it upon faith. For all we know there could be

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