Aliens on Enceladus could be detected using groundbreaking tech, scientists claim


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BREAKTHROUGH: Scientists believe alien life could be on Enceladus

Later this month the journal Astrobiology is publishing an issue dedicated to searching for extra terrestrials on Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest Moon.

Included will be a paper from scientists gushing over a technique known as holographic microscopy, which uses lasers to record 3D images tailored to spot extraterrestrial microbes.

Experts say they have evidence it will bring us closer to detecting alien than ever before – due to the technology’s ability to find microbes.


“Digital holographic microscopy allows you to see and track even the tiniest of motions”


Researcher

Jay Nadeau, a research professor, told Astrowatch: “Digital holographic microscopy allows you to see and track even the tiniest of motions.”

The planet has long been the subject of huge curiosity for its underground ocean beneath its icy crust – previously described by NASA as a “promising lead in our search for worlds where life could exist”.

Former NASA investigator Geoffrey Marcy, a retired professor in astronomy, previously called for a spacecraft to be sent there.


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CURIOSITY: Enceladus has long been the subject of fascination

He said: “The NASA missions, as currently planned, will require at least 20 years before a detection of microbial life will happen, at the earliest.

“However, a brilliant team of billionaires could work with NASA to fund a spacecraft to Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.

“It could capture the water spurting out the geysers and use conventional microscopes to detect any microbial life there.

“The remarkable aspect of the search for microbes in the water spurting from geysers is that the spacecraft only needs to fly through the plume, well above the surface of Enceladus.

“No lander is needed – just a succession of fly-bys through the plumes as it orbits Enceladus.

“The mission should also include a microscope and camera to image directly any organisms in the water that are as small as a few microns in size.”

Enceladus was first discovered in 1789 and is described by NASA as “one of the solar system’s most scientifically interesting destinations”.

It comes after Daily Star Online reported shock claims that alien bones were found on Mars by a NASA rover.

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