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[Telegraph] Nasa announces alien life could be thriving on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/13/nasa-announce-major-discovery-ocean-worlds-search-alien-life/
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t might look like a frozen wasteland, but beneath the inhospitable surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, life could be thriving in warm underground seas, scientists believe.




This is a big announcement by NASA. Looks like its almost highly possible there is already alien life at Enceladus.
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What kind of alien form? As intelligent as humans or more intelligent?

I thought Europa was the perfect candidate, given conventional wisdom.
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Originally Posted by sepiashimmer View Post

What kind of alien form? As intelligent as humans or more intelligent?

I thought Europa was the perfect candidate, given conventional wisdom.

Keep in mind...

A single cell organism would still be considered alien life.
     
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This just makes the future missions all that important, it would be absolutely bonkers to find life in our own solar system! If we did than it becomes incredibly easy to say that intelligent life is out there, if not as advanced as us - far more.

EDIT:

Several videos of the announcement livestream are also online for those interested.
    
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Dr. McKay said the hydrogen levels are far above what microbes need.

Still, the presence of hydrogen does not prove that life exists on Enceladus. It might suggest the opposite.

At hydrothermal vents on Earth, the hydrogen is quickly gobbled up by microbes. That so much hydrogen is rising through Enceladus’s ocean and reaching space could mean there is no life on the little moon to take advantage of it. At a department meeting, say, “if you have those stacks of pizzas, they disappear,” said Mary A. Voytek, head of NASA’s astrobiology program.

Or life could exist, but is limited by other factors. “If there is biology there, it isn’t very active,” Dr. Voytek said.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/science/saturn-cassini-moon-enceladus.html?_r=0
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post #7 of 62
I have a feeling it won't be too long before life on other planets/moons in our solar system will no longer be considered "alien" but all related as the collective life forms of our solar system.
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instead of creating war all over we should invest in these planetary search
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instead of creating war all over we should invest in these planetary search

We can do both.
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post

I have a feeling it won't be too long before life on other planets/moons in our solar system will no longer be considered "alien" but all related as the collective life forms of our solar system.

That assumes such life, should it be discovered, is related to us. It's quite likely that life arose independently, multiple times, on Earth, and that life found elsewhere, even in our own system, to have no relation to life here.
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