Nasa announces alien life could be thriving on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Nasa announces alien life could be thriving on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

It might look like a frozen wasteland, but beneath the inhospitable surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, life could be thriving in warm underground seas, scientists believe.

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has picked up the first evidence that chemical reactions are happening deep below the ice which could be creating an environment capable of supporting microbes.

Experts said the discovery was ‘the last piece’ in the puzzle which proved that life was possible on Enceladus, a finding all the more remarkable because the small moon is 887 million miles away from the Sun.

Prof David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University, said: “At present, we know of only one genesis of life, the one that led to us.

“If we knew that life had started independently in two places in our Solar System, then we could be pretty confident that life also got started on some of the tens of billions of planets and moons around other stars in our galaxy.”

Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man celebrates his 109th birthday – “As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it’s not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it”

Britain’s oldest man is about to celebrate his 109th birthday, which is on Wednesday.

Robert Weighton was born in March 1908 – when Edward VII was King and Britain had yet to fight in two world wars.

He is still fit as a fiddle and although he received one letter from the Queen when he turned 100, he decided not to opt into getting a card for every additional year.

He said that in “the cards she looked a bit miserable while on official duties.”

Britain’s oldest man refuses card from the Queen because Her Majesty always looks “so miserable”

This is so as not to clutter up his comfortable house.

The centenarian, who was born in Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was the middle of seven children – with three brothers and three sisters – and has three children of his own, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.