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Cassini data reveals the presence of phosphorus in Enceladus’ ocean plumes

Cassini data reveals the presence of phosphorus in Enceladus’ ocean plumes

Published by NASASpaceflight on 06/19/2023

A team of scientists, using archival data from NASA’s now-retired Cassini mission, has discovered the presence of phosphorus in the massive plumes of water being ejected from the southern regions of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Phosphorus — a chemical element essential for life and often considered a building block for life — is locked inside of salt-rich ice grains ejected in these plumes.

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