Saturn’s moon ripe for potential life in space

A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn is now a hotter-than-ever candidate for potential life. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen molecules in the geysers shooting off the moon Enceladus, possibly the result of deep-sea chemical reactions between water and rock that could spark microbial life.

The findings were announced Thursday in the journal Science.

NASA and others are quick to point out this latest discovery does not mean there’s life on Enceladus, but that there may be conditions favorable for life.

A liquid ocean exists beneath the icy surface of Enceladus, which is barely 300 miles (500 kilometers) across. Plumes of water vapor spew from cracks at the moon’s south pole.

 
 
 

Outcry Over Venezuela Election, US Will Not Recognize Maduro’s ‘Win’

Outcry Over Venezuela Election, US Will Not Recognize Maduro’s ‘Win’
CARACAS, Venezuela—As Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro announced a new six-year term on Sunday, his main rivals and ...
READ MORE >
 

Trump Demands Probe Into Obama Administration’s Role in Spying on His Campaign

Trump Demands Probe Into Obama Administration’s Role in Spying on His Campaign
President Donald Trump demanded on Sunday that the Justice Department investigate whether his campaign was infiltrated and surveilled ...
READ MORE >
 
US

US, China Putting Trade War on Hold, Treasury’s Mnuchin Says

US, China Putting Trade War on Hold, Treasury’s Mnuchin Says
WASHINGTON—The U.S. trade war with China is "on hold" after the world's largest economies agreed to drop their ...
READ MORE >
 

Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas Hospitalized Again

Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas Hospitalized Again
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized due to complications after minor surgery. This is the third time ...
READ MORE >