Molecular Hydrogen (H2) Detected Near Geothermal Vents on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

The following post was submitted by Anon2014_2014

Here’s a fun headline for us to discuss — molecular H2 near geothermal vents source of energy for life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus detected by Cassini (and maybe on earth) … Hmmn: molecular H2, high pressure, high temperature. Could it be LENR down there?

Paywall (and anti LENR) Magazine:

  • Alan DeAngelis

    The spirit is willing but the flesh is week.

  • Pekka Janhunen

    I have a feeling that Rossi’s physics related answers on JONP are nowadays slightly better than a few months back.

    In any field, typically the rate of progress is more important than the starting level.

  • Alan DeAngelis

    Have a Happy Easter and ever give up.

    • Alan DeAngelis

      never give up

  • Pekka Janhunen

    The astrobiological interest of the seen hydrogen is that it is one of the possible chemical energy sources for life.
    While one must not jump to conclusions, the LENR possibility indeed shouldn’t be dismissed. There is no good conventional explanation yet for the observed heating power, which is about 4 times higher than the maximal expected tidal heating and 10 times higher than expected radiogenic heating, according to wikipedia.

  • Jas

    Perhaps a Spa on Enceladus?

  • Anon2012_2014

    Wikipedia says there are various metals in the vents in metallic form. I assume they would be small particles with a lot of surface area. So we have three inputs that are hypothesized to be useful in LENR: heat, H2, pressure, and metallic particles. Might even be lithium around if that is helpful. Seems interesting.

  • sam