Sunday, June 6, 2010
This is just so cool and suggests what we don’t know about the existence of life and the universe could fill an ocean!
NASA scientists believe they have discovered vital clues that appear to indicate that primitive aliens could be living on the planet.
Data from NASA’s Cassini probe has analyzed the complex chemistry on the surface of Titan, which experts say is the only moon orbiting Saturn to have a dense atmosphere.
They have discovered that life forms have been breathing in the planet’s atmosphere and also feeding on its surface’s fuel.
The research has been detailed in two separate studies.
The first paper, in the journal Icarus, shows that hydrogen gas flowing throughout the planet’s atmosphere disappeared at the surface. This suggested that alien forms could in fact breathe.
The second paper, in the Journal of Geophysical Research, concluded that there was lack of the chemical on the surface.
Scientists were then led to believe it had been possibly consumed by life.
Chris McKay, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center in California who led the research, said: “We suggested hydrogen consumption because it’s the obvious gas for life to consume on Titan, similar to the way we consume oxygen on Earth.
“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.”