Cassini/Enceladus and the ocean plume of life

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Cassini/Enceladus and the ocean plume of life

So today Cassini is passing by Enceladus today and with the hope of finding organic material in the plumes of the geysers which are often erupting (not sure if I should use that word? Maybe discharging?) anyway... wouldn't it be fucking cool to find little tiny microbes or something that live in the water? Holy crap that would be kickass.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151027-cassini-enceladus-ocean-plume-space/

I know that other missions will be needed but maybe they could send a spacecraft with the big grids of aerogel to capture tiny molecules but we all know how that last mission ended up, crashing in to the desert floor of the mid-west.