Possibility of Alien Life: Building Blocks Found on Dwarf Planet Ceres

By Cresswell McCoy Feb 17, 2017 02:07 AM EST
NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Sends back Pictures Of Vesta Asteroid
IN SPACE JULY 24: In this handout from NASA, the giant asteroid Vesta is seen in an image taken from the NASA Dawn spacecraft about 3,200 miles above the surface July 24, 2011 in Space. The Dawn spacecraft slipped into orbit around the asteroid on July 15, and for the next year will gather pictures and information. It will then travel to the asteroid Ceres, arriving in 2015.

Recently NASA's dawn spacecraft had spotted organic molecules on the dwarf planet Ceres, the planet appears to be looking better and there is a possibility of it being a home for Alien life. These organic molecules are carbon containing building blocks and have been spotted for the first time on Ceres.

A study proposes that they appear to be native forming on the dwarf planet and it may not be arriving through comet or asteroid strikes. However, the planet may still preserve internal heat from its formation period since it is a dwarf planet. There are also possibilities for Ceres to contain a sub surface ocean as per Space.

This particular discovery of building blocks on the planet brings a broader view and possibility that primitive life might have developed on Ceres. Vesta and Ceres are two largest objects between Mars and Jupiter in the main asteroid belt. NASA's Dawn mission was launched in 2007 to study these dwarf planets, the mission's budget is reported to be $467 million.

The Dawn spacecraft departed for Ceres and arrived on the planet in March 2015, before circling Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. It became the first spacecraft to orbit two different bodies beyond the Earth and Moon system.

While its time on Ceres it discovered bizarre bright spots on crater floors, it also found a likely ice volcano, which is 2.5 miles tall. This helped scientists to determine that water ice is frequent beneath the surface and it is more common near the dwarf planet poles.

The recent discovery of the carbon containing molecules has been added to the list of achievements. Dawn spotted these molecules using an infrared mapping spectrometer instrument, though the measurements are not precise what the new found organics are they are consistent with substances such as Kerite and Asphaltite.

With further research scientists will be able to arrive at a conclusion and there might be possibilities that the dwarf planet was a home to extraterritorial life. 



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