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NASA Reveals That Alien Life Might Not be So Far Away After All

posted: 04/17/17
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham
An artist's rendering shows Cassini diving through the Enceladus plume in 2015.
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An artist's rendering shows Cassini diving through the Enceladus plume in 2015.
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NASA has been famously tight-lipped, according to conspiracy theorists, when it comes to life on other planets, so when they actually talk about it, people stand up and listen. And last week, NASA said that all the elements needed for life had been discovered on one of Saturn's icy moons.

In other words, they aren't quite confirming that life exists. But they are saying that, for the first time, they have found a place in our very own solar system, that could potentially sustain it.

Mind. Blown.

It has always been hydrogen that has been the missing element. And NASA's Cassini spacecraft found it on this moon. According to researchers, the only cause that makes sense are hydrothermal reactions between hot rocks and water in the ocean beneath the icy surface.

On Earth, this same reaction provides energy for entire ecosystems around these vents.

This hydrogen is now said to be "a potential source of chemical energy that could support microbes on the seafloor of Enceladus," the researchers said.

Although they are talking about very simple life, they also didn't rule out the possibility that more complex life could have evolved or could exist as well. This is big. Very big. And it is only just beginning.

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[via: Daily Mail]

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