Jupiter and Saturn's moons are ocean worlds

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The results suggested that its salty ocean could potentially harbour microbes similar to those which flourish in the Earth's hydrothermal vents. "Chemical disequilibrium that is known to support microbial life in Earth's deep oceans is also available to support life in the Enceladus ocean".

The Cassini spacecraft discovered hydrogen molecules in water plumes rising from the the stripe fractures in Enceladus' icy surface.

A picture of the ice plumes on Enceladus taken by Cassini.

The discovery involves the chemical analysis of those plumes by mass spectrometry from a device on Cassini, with an eye to demonstrating that Enceladus's underground ocean might support the creation of hydrogen gas as water reacts with iron-bearing minerals in rocks.

Evidence is increasing that liquid water and other building blocks for life exists on two icy moons in our solar system, NASA researchers announced. "The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 directs NASA to continue to search for life and advance the science of astronomy, astrophysics and astrobiology".

"This is the first time we've been able to make a calorie count of an alien ocean", he said. "We now know that Enceladus has nearly all of the ingredients you would need to support life as we know it on Earth", she continued. "It would be like a candy store for microbes".

"If correct, this observation has fundamental implications for the possibility of life on Enceladus", Seewald wrote. The gas could be a chemical energy source of life, scientists involved with the mission said.

The discovery of extraterrestrial life in the universe would be a game-changing milestone for science, and new findings revealed by NASA on Thursday give hope we could still uncover that evidence in our own solar system.

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In Jupiter, the newly imaged plume rises about 62 miles above Europa's surface, while the one observed in 2014 was estimated to be about 30 miles high.

One of Saturn's moons has almost all the ingredients it needs to sustain alien life - though living organisms have yet to be found, NASA scientists announced Thursday.

Both studies are laying the foundation for the Europa Clipper mission, which is slated to launch in the 2020s.

After that ends, it's not clear when another spacecraft will head to Saturn's moon.

This chemical reaction, known as "metanogenesis", is a form of anaerobic respiration and is one of the steps in the development of life on Earth billions of years ago.

The findings were reported Thursday in the journal Science by a team from Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.

"We're pushing the frontiers".

"We developed new operations methods for INMS for Cassini's final flight through Enceladus' plume", said SwRI's Rebecca Perryman, the INMS operations technical lead.

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