posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 09:18 AM
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is found to have an atmosphere of organic material. Scientists believe this atmosphere can be a time
machine to the earliest days on earth. Spacecraft Cassini made its closest pass of Titan on April 16. The data sent back from the spacecraft showed
an atmosphere full of clompex hydrocarbon molecules. Titan being the only moon with a substantial atmosphere seems to have intrigued many scientists.
Hopefully this discovery will unlock the key to the organic origins of our solar system.
Scientists have long believed that chemical reactions by hydrocarbons -- organic compounds like methane that contain carbon and hydrogen -- began the
process of life on Earth.
To scientists, Titan's atmosphere is a time machine to the early days of Earth.
"Scientists believe that Titan's atmosphere may be a laboratory for studying the organic chemistry that preceded life and provided the building blocks
for life on Earth," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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The information scientist recieve from Cassini will help us understand our own solar system and planet. Maybe even help us in finding how our planet
was created and maybe even mankind oneday. It will probably be a long time before we actually answer these questions but man must start somewhere and
with this moon having a complex atmosphere it might give us the stepping stone we need. So hopefully with this information we can move on with our
search for answers.