Saturn moon 'Titan' could host methane-based, oxygen-free life

March 1, 2015 3:55 AM

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Saturn moon 'Titan' could host methane-based, oxygen-free life

Saturn is one of the most well-known planets in our solar system. Mainly due to its rings, people often see this as one of the most-recognizable planets in our solar system. That being said though, scientists from Cornell University have discovered that it might actually be possible to support life – in an alternative way on one of Saturn’s moons. The moon in question is called Titan, and is quite large for a moon, but compared to Saturn it is considerably smaller. The team though recognized that life would not be the kind of life we know here on Earth. Meaning life would happen without oxygen being a main portion of the equation.

Members of the team were both astronomers and chemical engineers and they took a unique approach to determining how life could happen on a surface like Titan. After all, life can only be achieved if a few basic fundamentals are present. Two big things that cells need to do, in order to exist on thei...

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