Space

Missing Element for Life may be Present in Ocean of Saturn's Moon Enceladus

By Aazam

October 06, 2022

The Moon of Saturn may be enriched with phosphorus, scientists have researched an important element for life

Phosphorus plays a vital role in life and it is also used in cell membranes and bones, as well as in a molecule called adenosine triphosphate

Scientists capture an image of the ocean via the huge water geysers that spray out through tiger stripes deep vents

The spacecraft has researched elements and molecules such as methane, plus ammonia, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and possibly hydrogen sulfide

Jihua Hao conducts a new study, a senior research scientist at the University of Science and Technology of China, disputes these earlier findings

In particular, the team found that the dissolution rate of a mineral called orthophosphate could be much higher than in previous studies

The underlying geochemistry has an effective simplicity that makes the presence of dissolved phosphorus