Complex organic molecules erupted from the ocean beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus

In a recent article published in Nature, NASA scientists analyzed mass spectrometry data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft to find concentrated and complex macromolecular organic material (with molecular masses above 200 atomic mass units) ejected from the ocean beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. This new finding suggests that a thin organic-rich film exists on top of the Enceladus’ ocean, and that the biological synthesis of organic molecules is possible on Enceladus.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0246-4

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180627160456.htm

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