NASA Finds Habitable Zone On Saturn Moon Enceladus; Discovery To Help Ocean World Exploration

By Dipannita | Apr 17, 2017 11:00 PM EDT

Scientists have been on the lookout for evidence that hints at habitable zones existing in the universe and now it is said that NASA has zeroed in on some such proof. The US space agency is said to have found life favoring conditions on one of Saturn's moons- Enceladus and an announcement about the finding will be made on Thursday. It is hoped the discovery will aid in further ocean world exploration.

NASA is said to have made a significant discovery as it has found habitable life conditions on one of Saturn's moons- Enceladus. According to Mail Online, the US space agency will hold a conference on Thursday and reveal more about the findings. The findings are said to be significant as they can help in further ocean world exploration and a NASA employee has said that the agency will announce that they have discovered proof of chemical activity in an alien ocean of Enceladus.

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Keith Cowing, another former NASA employee, has claimed that scientists have found out chemical activity inside hydrothermal vents on Enceladus' icy moon.  He said that NASA will announce the evidence about the hydrothermal activity taking place on the surface of Enceladus, which is covered with an icy ocean.

The evidence is about the hydrothermal activity process that is producing methane from carbon dioxide and therefore, suggests the presence of life favorable conditions on Enceladus. Notably, Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, standing at 504 kilometers in diameter. Scientists think that it may have the right conditions for life as it is rumored to have an ocean covered with an icy crust, watery jets and hydrothermal activity.

In fact, it is the hydrothermal activity that has aroused the curiosity of the NASA scientists and made them hopeful because life on earth began in similar deep-sea fissures. Cowling says that there are many places on earth where hydrothermal vents have been discovered and where oceans receive superheated water from deep within the earth.

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