Hopes for finding alien life have been given a major boost after a breakthrough discovery on one of Saturn’s moons.
Phosphorus, an element “essential” to life, has been found on the moon Enceladus.
David Rothery, a professor of planetary geosciences at The Open University, said: “Because the presence of phosphorus is essential for life as we know it, it makes Enceladus a more likely prospect.
”It’s one of the six key elements – along with carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and sulphur – needed to sustain life. Particles which were analysed suggest there could be ‘hydrothermal vents’, a fissure releasing heated water.
Prof Rothery said it means the moon has “all the ingredients” for aliens to live without sunlight.
He said the same environment is considered “most likely to have helped life on Earth begin”, adding: “If it happened on Earth it could have happened inside Enceladus too.”
German scientists, who carried out the study published in the Nature journal, say it’s the first time it’s been found in an ocean beyond Earth.
Frank Postberg, of the Free University of Berlin, and his team said it is “relatively abundant” and “readily available” on the far-flung moon.
The experts concluded: “With the finding of phosphates the ocean of Enceladus is now known to satisfy what is generally considered to be the strictest requirement of habitability.”
The experts added its levels are “at least 100-fold higher” than in the Earth’s oceans.
Former United States intelligence officer and US Air Force veteran David Grusch has sent the world of UFO conspiracy theories into overdrive this week.
The whistleblower, who has often made claims about the US Government's involvement in covering up the truth about aliens and UFOs, gave another explosive interview to News Nation in which he made several very bold claims.
From claiming the Vatican has first-hand knowledge of aliens, to claiming that UFOs come to us from another dimension, he has set the world on fire with the chat.
For more incredible stories from the Daily Star, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here
Source: Read Full Article