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What could life be like on Titan?

Titanium is the farthest object in the solar system,on which once a spacecraft created by human hands was able to visit. In addition, the largest satellite of Saturn is very similar to our planet in many important respects, among which the presence of a thick atmosphere similar to the terrestrial one stands out. The only thing that makes life impossible in the form in which we know it is the extremely low temperatures reigning everywhere in this twilight world. But what if life on Titan is different than usual? And if so, what exactly could it be?

The possibility of exotic life on Titan excites the minds of scientists almost immediately from the moment of the discovery of this satellite of Saturn

Is there life on titan?

Titanium is one of the most interesting to study.objects in the solar system, which was discovered in 1655 by the famous astronomer Christian Huygens. Despite the fact that the diameter of this satellite of Saturn is even larger than the diameter of the full planet Mercury, gravity in this frozen world is only one seventh of the earth. This fact may mean that if you once find yourself on Titan, then having fastened a couple of improvised wings on your back, you can well plan above the surface of the Titan in low gravity conditions without the slightest threat of breaking into the rocky surface of this satellite.

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The surface of titanium is morewater ice, covered with sedimentary organic matter, which theoretically could be used for its development, the simplest exotic life. Scientists believe that the likelihood of a life similar to terrestrial on Titan is extremely low, but this fact does not mean at all that there is no place for life at all.

View from the surface of Titan in the artist’s view

As you know, for the development of biologicalorganisms may require several basic elements, which include a certain source of energy and a solvent substance that is involved in providing most of the vital functions within the body. And if methane can be the main source of energy for life on Titan, then the main terrestrial solvent - water, on the satellite of Saturn would simply instantly freeze, without having laid the foundation for the development of microorganisms. Scientists believe that in this case, the role of solvent would be played by liquefied ethane, a huge amount of which can be found in the lakes of Titan.

Beyond Ethane, a Hypothetical Alien Lifecould use for the construction of cells and silicon known to earthlings, which would allow microorganisms to thrive even at the lowest temperatures. Incidentally, this fact could be very useful because the average temperature on the surface of Saturn’s satellite is -178 degrees Celsius.

In any case, the possibility of availability on the satelliteany life will be able to confirm or deny the NASA Dragonfly mission, which in 2034 will begin the search for prebiotic chemistry on Titan. In addition to the NASA mission, the European Space Agency, with possible participation with Roscosmos, plans to launch the Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) project in the mid-2020s in the vicinity of Saturn and its satellites, which will allow to study the evolution model of Titan and its geological and climatic features.

Well, it seems, a new era in astronomyand planetology is just around the corner. In the meantime, scientists are puzzling over new projects, let's try to discuss the possibility of colonizing Titan in our Telegram chat.