Is Methane on Enceladus a Product of Life?

James Maynard
Jul 12 · 4 min read

An unknown process produces large amounts of methane on Enceladus — could it be life?

An artist’s concept of the Cassini spacecraft closing in on Enceladus, preparing to be bathed in water from a hidden alien ocean. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Massive plumes of water erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus have fascinated researchers since they were first spotted by intrepid robotic explorers. These features ignite debate over the nature of the massive ocean lying beneath the frozen surface of this mighty moon.