Scientists have just made a very major discovery on Ceres, the dwarf planet that was visited not long ago by a NASA probe.
NASA has just announced something big found on the dwarf planet Ceres: the indication that life’s building blocks are present, raising the possibility that the cosmic body once hosted alien life. The findings were made by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which orbited Ceres and found organic molecules, according to a study published in the journal Science.
The organic materials appear to be native to Ceres rather than coming from an asteroid or comet, which makes it even more exciting. Ceres may still have internal heat from its formation period or even possibly a subsurface ocean, which is why scientists think it may have once held primitive life, or perhaps even still does.
That means you can add Ceres to the growing list of candidates in our solar system that may host some form of life, either now or at some point in the past.
The Dawn spacecraft was launched back in September 2007 and traveled to dwarf planet Vesta in July 2011 through September 2012 before leaving and headed for Ceres, arriving in March 2015 and becoming the first spacecraft to orbit two different bodies.