It seems that our search for a place outside Earth, which could accommodate the entire human civilization just in case our planet implodes, has turned up with something.
Scientists say that they have detected large organic molecules on the surface and the immediate surroundings of Enceladus.
“But we were completely shocked [to find] organic compounds much more complex than we had previously imagined,” says study team member Christopher Glein, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, US, who specialises in the oceanography of outer moons.
Is this a cause for celebration? We don't know about that yet. I mean, if life could possibly continue on Enceladus when Earth is no more, we need to first take time to build spacecraft that could take the entire human race on a journey toward that safe haven.
Whether we would even have the time to focus our attention on that is something that I doubt would happen given everything that's going on. But if the findings prove to be true, then we can probably breathe a little sigh of relief knowing that we have some kind of last resort.
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