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Scientists believe that one of Saturn’s moons can be life

Ученые считают, что на одном из спутников Сатурна может быть жизньDiscuss what can be the hypothetical inhabitants of Enceladus continue.

NASA astrobiologist Rocco Menichelli believes that in the subsurface ocean of Enceladus can be entities, like the animalcules are also called “space bear”.

Evidence that the ocean on one of Saturn’s moons capable of supporting life, NASA has led to a press conference on April 13. And immediately began discussing what it might be hypothetical inhabitants of Enceladus.

“The question is that can live on a rocky ball of ice with a vast ocean beneath its crust? Obviously, we don’t have a specific answer, but to speculate is fun. I think that if we find within the Solar system that something is alive, it will be some kind of microscopic organism,” said astrobiologist Rocco Manically in an interview with Gizmodo.

In his opinion, the main question to be asked in this situation, it sounds like “Where life will take energy source for self-reproduction and development”.

Life on Enceladus, if it is, will be concentrated around hydrothermal vents, which on Earth are very important for maintaining marine ecosystems. There is also the possibility that a hypothetical Enceladus micro-organisms use bioluminescence to survive.

This process on the Earth use some deep sea creatures that manage to emit light in very dark conditions. Menichelli, explains that this bioluminescence is also need a source of energy, but it doesn’t have to be the energy of the Sun.

“It seems almost impossible that we will find a bioluminescent whale floating in the ocean of Enceladus, but there is always hope for the space tihohodka. These kids can survive. “Water bears” charming and their existence on Enceladus is not beyond possibilities. They are very sturdy little creatures,” concluded Menichelli.

Tardigrades – a microscopic invertebrate type, similar to arthropods. They were first described in 1773 under the name “little water bear”. In English-speaking countries they are also called space bears.

Tardigrades attract the attention of researchers for its remarkable endurance. Under adverse conditions, they are capable of years to fall into a state of suspended animation, and under favourable conditions — that’s pretty fast to revive. In a state of suspended animation tardigrades endure incredible load, for example, are able to live for a while in outer space or in the liquid oxygen at a temperature of -193 degrees.

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