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Complex Organic Molecules Found on Enceladus

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-06-27 18:37:51
Science

Saturn moon a step closer to hosting life [bbc.com]

Scientists have found complex carbon-based molecules in the waters of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Compounds like this have only previously been found on Earth, and in some meteorites. They are thought to have formed in reactions between water and warm rock at the base of the moon's subsurface ocean.

Though not a sign of life, their presence suggests Enceladus could play host to living organisms. The discovery came from data gathered by the Cassini spacecraft.

Also at SwRI [swri.org], ScienceAlert [sciencealert.com], Space.com [space.com], National Geographic [nationalgeographic.com], Popular Mechanics [popularmechanics.com], and The Guardian [theguardian.com].

Macromolecular organic compounds from the depths of Enceladus [nature.com] (DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0246-4) (DX [doi.org])

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