According to a new data obtained by experts, Pluto—one of the most distant celestial bodies in our Solar System—may already have LIFE. “The connection with astrobiology is immediate – it’s right there in front of your face. You see organic materials, water, and energy. These are the things you need for life: organics, raw material, and energy.”– says Planetary scientist Michael Summers.
Complex molecules on Pluto
Summers said that with possible production of hydrocarbons and nitriles on Pluto, even more interesting pre- chemistry life could take place.
“You can start building complex pre-biotic molecules,” he said. An example is hydrogen cyanide, possibly a key molecule leading to prebiotic chemistry.
Data from the New Horizons flyby finished downloading to Earth in October, as NASA reported, and while it will take many years for scientists to complete their inventory and model the results, early studies offer intriguing hints of its complex chemistry, perhaps even some form of pre-biological processes below Pluto’s surface.
Summers said that: “These are the things you need for life: organics, raw material, and energy.”
Not long ago, scientists from NASA said Pluto, which was once a planet, now downgraded to a dwarf planet, is ALIVE and strangely resembles Earth.
In fact,according to astronomers, Pluto—one of the most distant celestial bodies in our solar system— has blue skies. This fascinating discovery was made as NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft flew past the dwarf planet collecting incalculable data along the way. Taken images by New Horizons showed scientists that Pluto has surprisingly Earth-like features and that the dwarf planet is very similar to Earth.
The tremendous amount of data they gathered thanks to New Horizons flyby left the scientists surprised. In fact, Summers confessed that he NEVER expected to talk about these possibilities on Pluto, despite having studied the dwarf planet his entire life.
“I’ve been studying Pluto all my life, and never expected to talk about these things being there.”
The two research papers on the topic, with the first, “The Photochemistry of Pluto’s Atmosphere as Illuminated by New Horizons,” co-authored by Summers, are published in the journal Icarus in September. The second paper, “Constraints on the Microphysics of Pluto’s Photochemical Haze from New Horizons Observations” is in press at the same journal.
Complex molecules, blue skies and a MASSIVE OCEAN inside Pluto
After all this, experts believe there is an ocean located inside Pluto could that could have a volume almost equivalent to that of Earth’s oceans” and is “potentially habitable”.
However, proving if this ocean can sustain life is something that will take a while.