Complex Organic Molecules On Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Under its icy crust, Saturn’s moon Enceladus conceals an global ocean of liquid water. A detector on the Cassini space probe detected ice particles propelled from Enceladus that contain high concentrations of organic substances. They exhibit the structures typical of highly complex macromolecular compounds. „This is the first evidence of large organic molecules from an extraterrestrial aquatic world. They can be generated only by equally complex chemical processes,“ states planetologist Assistant Professor Dr Frank Postberg, study director and researcher at the Institute for Earth Sciences at Heidelberg University. The research results were published in “Nature”. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)