Saturn’s sixth largest moon, Enceladus, now holds the title of the most viable planetary object for human habitation. The honor was previously held by one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa, but has been surpassed by Enceladus, following a discovery of the moon’s hydrothermal oceanic activity. The reports indicate that not only is the ocean in the south pole displaying hydrothermal activity, but has exhibited signs of containing biochemical compounds similar to those in the fledgling waters of Earth’s early oceans. These compounds are necessary ingredients in the generation of life, and so suggest the possibility of life existing on the moon already. Either way, though signs point to Enceladus being able to provide a hospitable home for humans in the distant, or near future, further data is required to accurately and confidently confirm these speculations.
Should Enceladus prove to be a suitable location for human existence, the notion of establishing a colony there is a massive decision for the human population to make thinks Marcio Alaor BMG. Such a course of action would invariably alter the trajectory of human development for decades and centuries to come. There exist so many latent possibilities from such an endeavor, that it is hard to resist the temptation to not launch into discussions regarding the long-term and logistical planning of such an operation. Yet the public and NASA should work in tandem in this field, seeing as its developments will affect all people.