One of Saturn’s moons reaches the level needed to give birth to life

One of Saturn’s moons reaches the level needed to give birth to life

CountryThe oceans cover the surface of Enceladus, the sixth moon of Saturn, and the level of salt in it reaches the level necessary for the birth of life, as this recent study was conducted in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to the researchers, the moon Enceladus hides under its icy crust oceans of water, and in order to make the necessary calculations, the scientific team designed a model of the characteristics of the moon. It became clear to them that under the thick layer of ice in the polar region there are regions in the ocean waters with high salinity, and under the thinner ice layer at the equator, the water is less salty.

In addition, the salinity of the water on Enceladus can reach 30 grams per kilogram of water, that is, the salinity of the Earth’s oceans is higher and is equivalent to 35 grams per kilogram of water.

It is reported that the Cassini space probe took samples of water fountains emerging from the surface of Enceladus. And it turned out to scientists that they contain organic matter that could support life on the moon.

Source: RT


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