NASA’s Cassini mission, which provided a close look of Saturn, its moons, and famous rings came to a blazing end on September 15, 2017.
But the data gathered by the 13-year mission continues to provide scientists with new insight into the ringed planet.
One of the highlights of the Cassini mission was its discovery of geysers spewing jets of icy water high above Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
A team of scientists led by the University Of Heidelberg, Germany studied data gathered by Cassini and identified fragments of large, complex organic molecules containing hundreds of atoms originating from Saturn’s icy moon.
Cassini had previously detected smaller more common organic molecules at Enceladus.
The scientists say the existence of these large complex molecules, along with hydrothermal activity, supports a theory that a massive liquid water ocean, below the icy crust of Enceladus, may provide a habitable environment for life.