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Astronomers Have Found Life-Supporting Molecules Called Phosphates on Enceladus

The search for habitable conditions beyond Earth has just become more interesting with the discovery on Saturn’s moon Enceladus of biologically available phosphorus. Phosphorus is the most elusive of the six crucial elements needed for life. In research published in Nature, data from the Cassini spacecraft were used to find phosphorus compounds called phosphates in ...

Troy Oakes

Saturn's moon Enceladus.