Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Lin, Jack
Organisation OY
Project title
Cosmic Life Understanding from Synchrotrons, Thermodynamics, and Enceladus Research (CLUSTER)
Decision No. 331532
Decision date 12.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2023
Funding 237 200
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Project description
The Cassini mission to Saturn discovered a plume of material emitted from within the moon Enceladus. Analysis of the particles led to the conclusion of a liquid ocean underneath Enceladus's icy surface along with tantalizing hints of potential building blocks of life. Mass spectroscopy analysis of the particles from aboard Cassini allows us to deduce the concentrations of materials dissolved in Enceladus's subsurface ocean and assess the potential habitability for life. This project uses tools from atmospheric sciences and molecular spectroscopy to better understand the nature of the particles emitted by Enceladus. Using the world's brightest light source at the MAX IV Laboratory, X-ray spectroscopy help us shed light on the compositions of particles at their surface. These measurements will help train thermodynamic models that describe the composition of liquid droplets. The knowledge gained from this project will help design future missions to search for life in space.