Friday, November 07, 2008

Cassini to be re-purposed to search for life?

NASA is considering re-purposing its successful Cassini probe to do something that it wasn't designed for, searching for signs of life on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The probe's last look at the moon showed the presence of water vapor, in plumes, leading some scientists to speculate that the moon may have vast reserves of a water ocean below it's frozen surface. Others are calling for the probe to be sent through the plume and over the moon in detail to look for complex carbon molecules that may indicate the presence of life in the water ocean.

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