Water = Life?

“Saturn’s watery moon could harbour life”:http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn8830&feedId=online-news_rss20

So, Saturn’s little moon Enceladus apparently has liquid water, which naturally has generated quite a lot of buzz in the scientific community, since the existence of liquid begets at least the possibility of life on that moon. This is yet another of those times when you wish you get an actual, live person on a ship out there to take a closer look. The question of the day right now seems to be what heat source is available to prevent the water from freezing.

The question I have, though, is this – does the existence of liquid water necessarily beget the existence of life? Probably not, though it does at least raise the possibility that it could be so. Perhaps only time will truly tell, and if life _is_ discovered, I suspect it will be microscopic.

Related Articles:
“Extraterrestrial Intelligence”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/?p=117
“Life, Not On Earth”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/?p=153

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