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The geysers of Saturn's moon, Enceladus, that are thought to issue from deep-sea fissures, have been know for some time. Analysis of the material vented into space by Cassini flybys has revealed the presence of carbon-rich organic molecules - the building blocks of life.
Researchers were "blown away" by the discovery: "complex molecules do not necessarily provide a habitable environment, but they are a necessary precursor for life," said Dr. Frank Postberg from the University of Heidelberg, who led the research team.
The data was acquired from Cassini's final readings, before the highly successful probe sped into Saturn's atmosphere and burned up.

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