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NASA’s Cassini Reveals Curiously Earth-like Photos of Saturn’s Moon Titan

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So new spacey sci-fi photos have been revealed by NASA this week from, revealing some surprising and new details about Saturn’s moon, Titan. The Cassini mission has been sending an endless stream of photos of the moon, and Titan becomes more and more curious by the photo. So scientists have noticed weird lakes and seas on the frozen moon’s surface.

Hmm… that’s familiar. Hm… what one other interstellar body has a surface just like that? Oh, we know. Earth! Now, Earth is the only body in our galaxy that has similar liquid lakes and seas. However, unlike Earth’s water bodies, Titan has liquid methane bodies. Yep. Though that’s difficult to envision, there are masses upon masses of liquefied methane making up these lakes and seas. But how, might you ask, does the methane stay put? Well, scientists think it’s due to another similarity to Earth: a liquid cycle. So, that would mean Titan experiences evaporation followed by rain that keeps the lakes and seas filled up with this methane.

Researchers take it a step further by suspecting that the weather along Titan’s shorelines would behave similar to the weather along Earth’s shorelines, meaning the temperature would be influenced by the lakes and seas. And despite the fun similarities to our planet, including a nitrogen-heavy atmosphere and the supposed liquid cycle, the similarities end here. There are vast differences between our planet and Saturn’s moon that include, but not restricted to, the lack of oxygen in its atmosphere, the freezing temperatures, and, well, the fact that its lakes and seas are filled with methane and not water.

So easy there, UFO-hunters and sci-fi nerds, there won’t be any speculating about life on Titan, or any other moon for that matter… not for now, anyway!

Saria Joseph Beainy

Saria Joseph Beainy

Civil Engineer, Tolkienite, science wiz, and animal-hugger. She is a self-proclaimed chocolate addict and thinks everything goes with wine.

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