Methane-Based Life Possible On Saturn's Moon Titan, Research Shows

February 28, 2015 1:25 PM

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Methane-Based Life Possible On Saturn's Moon Titan, Research Shows

Researchers from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York modeled a new type of life form that depends on methane for its survival. The theorized anaerobic life form, which is capable of performing reproduction and metabolism in a manner similar to that of life on earth, indicates that life is capable of thriving on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Titan is believed to have vast hydrocarbon oceans and rivers made of liquid methane at temperatures that would preclude the possibility of existence of Earth-like organisms. However, the moon's unique conditions might allow certain methane-based organic matter to exist on it, and even give rise to o...

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