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Its thick atmosphere is rich in organic compounds. Some of them would be signs of life if they were on our planet.
Research by astrobiologist William Bains suggests that if life has evolved on the frozen surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, it would be strange, smelly and explosive compared to life on Earth. Dr Bains will present his work at the National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday 13th April.
This composite was produced from images returned on 14 January 2005, by ESA's Huygens probe during its successful descent to land on Titan. It shows the boundary between the lighter-coloured uplifted terrain, marked with what appear to be drainage channels, and darker lower areas. These images were taken from an altitude of about 8 kilometres with a resolution of about 20 metres per pixel.
Originally posted by kyrebelyell2004
Very nice information, I have never done any research on Titan, but I think I may try now. Thanks OP S&F
Why is this listed in skunk works though?
Originally posted by alphaMegas
reply to post by Arken
great info. lots of interesting "things"to see.
if these infos and images can be validated or at least acknowledged by say Nasa et al, which btw really puzzles me why do they have to be so "unreachables" when other researches aside from theirs pops up, then i think we can shift gears and bring our enlightenement bout "et's" to a higher level.
keep 'em up mate...
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
didnt we go through all this over 100 years ago ? with the canals of mars ??
According to the experts the “data provided by the spacecraft, was analyzed despite the chemical complexity of the surface of Titan, the only known moon that has a dense atmosphere. Its surface is steep and it formed by mountains, lakes and rivers, leading astronomers to say that this moon is the closest to Earth in the Solar System. Were detected organic elements and chemicals in Titan, but the planet is no formed by liquid water, but methane, as scientists suspect life on Titan is based on methane. “
Cassini scientists have concluded that at least one of the large lakes observed on Saturn’s moon Titan contains liquid hydrocarbons, and have positively identified ethane. This result makes Titan the only place in our solar system beyond Earth known to have liquid on its surface.
Originally posted by Tholidor
S & F for a marvelous find!
I wasn't aware that images of this detail were available of Titan. Thanks for providing me with yet another rabbit-hole into which I can delve.
That really does look like a walled town on the coast - makes me wonder what they need protection FROM?
Originally posted by gypsychology909
Yes , a very excellent display, thanks OP .
even without the colorizing, I find if you squint your eyes
almost to the point of closing,
you find that things resolve themselves rather nicely
(and in the pictures as well )
You gotta think man , 'as if' that moon isn't inhabited.
And the view of the solar system would be second to none.
Just ask the other satellite of Saturn, that 'fullerene' Kinder Egg joke.............
edit on 22-12-2010 by gypsychology909 because: space