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EVIDENCE of life has been discovered on Saturn's biggest moon, Titan.

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posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 07:56 PM

Analysis of data sent back by NASA's Cassini probe suggests primitive aliens are breathing in Titan's atmosphere and feeding on fuel at the surface.

The startling discoveries, made using an orbiting spacecraft, are revealed in two separate reports



What more can I say? This is rather big news.

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 08:11 PM
It is completely official.

Aliens exist.

Good day indeed.

I wonder if they are some what intelligent.

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 08:15 PM
NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay said: "If these signs do turn out to be a sign of life, it would be doubly exciting because it would represent a second form of life independent from water-based life on Earth."

"If" - Does not seem offical yet..

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 08:17 PM
But you have to admit, it is very tantalising. We are not going to know unless we send someone there to investigate.

Still, it seems better evidence than a few Martian worms in a meteorite.

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 08:22 PM
reply to post by darkmaninperth


There is already an extensive thread about this topic here:

Kind regards
Maybe...maybe not

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 08:31 PM
I'd love to know how any kind of life as we know it could survive on Titan where the average temp is −179 °C, or −290 °F.

Titan gets about 1% of the sunlight that earth does, and is about as hostile an environment as one can be.

The atmospheric composition in the stratosphere is 98.4% nitrogen—the only dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere in the Solar System aside from the Earth's—with the remaining 1.6% composed of mostly of methane (1.4%) and hydrogen (0.1–0.2%).[6] Because methane condenses out of Titan's atmosphere at high altitudes, its abundance increases as one descends below the tropopause at an altitude of 32 km, leveling off at a value of 4.9% between 8 km and the surface.[5][6] There are trace amounts of other hydrocarbons, such ethane, diacetylene, methylacetylene, acetylene and propane, and of other gases, such as cyanoacetylene, hydrogen cyanide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, cyanogen, argon and helium.[5] The orange color as seen from space must be produced by other more complex chemicals in small quantities, possibly tholins, tar-like organic precipitates.[34] The hydrocarbons are thought to form in Titan's upper atmosphere in reactions resulting from the breakup of methane by the Sun's ultraviolet light, producing a thick orange smog.[35]

You'd think with all of that carbon in the air on Titan they would have a serious global warming problem.

Will be interesting to see what comes of this nonetheless.

[edit on 6-6-2010 by Fractured.Facade]

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 08:35 PM
According to Google, over 114 different news sources are covering this now. Seems to more and more of these types of articles comng out all the time.

Mars, Europa and now Titan.

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 08:51 PM
reply to post by darkmaninperth

What more can I say? This is rather big news.

Yes. However, this is relatively old news. The Huygens lander spectrographic findings were published in Nature magazine in December, 2005. You might be interested in viewing some interesting pictures that the lander took, indicating what certainly looks like signs of life. Check out this link:

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 03:42 AM
It's a bit early for the champagne. Remember the Martian methane plumes?

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 03:42 AM
reply to post by ProfEmeritus

this is old news

You're wrong. It is hot off the press. The data arrived some time ago, obviously, but no-one has published a study on it until now.

What is Consuming Hydrogen and Acetylene on Titan?

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 07:02 AM
Existing thread here:

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