Has NASA Discovered Life On Saturn's Moon?

This Thursday NASA is holding a press conference to discuss an astrobiology finding that will "impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life". Have we discovered alien life within our own solar system?

The opening sentence of the NASA media advisory that went out today regarding Thursday's press conference was enough to set the internet abuzz with speculation.

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.

What could the big announcement be? Chances are it has something to do with the recent discovery by the NASA-led international Cassini-Huygens mission of a tentative atmosphere containing both oxygen and carbon dioxide on the surface of Saturn's moon Rhea.

The oxygen in Rhea's atmosphere is five trillion times less dense than that of Earth, and the surface of the moon is far too cold to support life as we know it. That doesn't rule out life as we don't know it.

Participating in the press conference will be NASA astrobiology program head Mary Voytek; NASA astrobiology research fellow Felisa Wolfe-Simon; NASA astrobiologist Pamela Conrad; Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution fellow Steven Benner; and Arizona State University professor James Elser, whose research involves biological stoichiometry, the study of balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems. That's not a group you gather together just to look at pretty space rocks.

So what does NASA have up its sleeve? The conference will be streamed online on Thursday at http://www.nasa.gov/. Until then, let the speculation fly!


Comments

    NASA's been holding so many of these conferences lately. Obviously they are trying to rev up some more ppl interest for money due to all they're funding cuts. Last months announcement was a fantastic cosmic discovery in our cosmic neighborhood, which was about a black hole.
    I cross my fingers though! If they found life on Rhea, that would certainly get funding flowing again for them. I'm putting money though more on a meteor found which shows microscopic patterns similar to life which is still inconclusive.

      If they do come out and say they've found life, that money will go to defence first...

        Forget the threat of a possible alien invasion, we should be putting money into defending against zombies! The zombie apocolypse isn't a matter of if, it's when. This is serious people, we need to get ready. But please stock up on non lethal weoponary, we dont want to have to kill the zombies. Because after all, zombies are people too.

    I'm a little worried.
    I have one of those people at my pub that is really in to all this stuff. He said last year that the UN decided to come clean in 2010, Apparently Aliens have been visiting us since WW2 and been integrated into the top of society since 1966. Then again the guy really thought he was Jesus for most of the late 90's

      That guy is clearly nuts... I mean seriously, why go to pub to get wasted if you can turn water into wine.
      Thats just crazy.

        That's the thing the guy just orders water because of his meds, maybe I should charge him wine prices instead of just giving him the water free??

        Well maybe he just preferred a beer over wine?

    NASA's funding will go up once China gets to the moon. Nothing says funding like "OMG RIVAL NATION!"

    ohh so what about all the NASSA UFO's caught all the time during space missions.
    They won't talk about those simply claiming ice crystals on everything.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As-wYmFYb3I

    Take a look at one of Saturns moons Iapetus, which is screaming to be investigated.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0PEYLAphp0

    "Has NASA Discovered Life On Saturn’s Moon?"

    No. But we can still dream...

    If we're looking for life as we don't know it, then why narrow the search to planets with oxygen? Silice-based life forms would breath methane or for what we know, not breath at all.

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