A team of German scientists recently examined data gathered by the Cassini orbiter around Enceladus’ southern polar region and found was evidence of organic signatures that could be the building blocks for amino acids.
In its quest to find extant life in the Solar System, NASA has focused its gaze on the Jovian moon Europa. But scientists believe it is Enceladus that stands the greatest chance of making that next big step.
Using mass spectrometry data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists found that large, carbon-rich organic molecules are ejected from cracks in the icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Saturn's sixth-largest moon is incredibly far from the sun, but new research shows that it could probably sustain life.
As the Cassini spacecraft executes its final daredevil maneuvers, scientists on both sides of the Atlantic are already thinking about the next mission to Saturn. But this time they're talking about hunting for life in Saturn's rings.
A small water jet on the icy moon spews its fiercest eruptions when the moon is farthest from the planet, but overall gas output hardly increases.
Scientists are developing a mission concept that would send a probe flying through the plume created by the 100-odd geysers erupting from the south polar region of Saturn
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