NASA’s Cassini Probe May Have Found Another “Earth”

One of Saturn’s moons, Titan, may have an atmosphere uncannily similar to earth, at least according to scientists.

By looking at data from observations across the years by the Cassini probe, scientists found that there were interactions in Titan’s atmosphere that got nitriles and hydrocarbons blown into space from the planet’s poles. These patterns bear a striking similarity to our own wind patterns at Earth’s Polar Regions. Also, Titan is known to have river and seas, the only other planet in the solar system to have those features.

According to Andrew Coates, researcher at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory “Titan’s atmosphere is made up mainly of nitrogen and methane, with 50 [percent] higher pressure at its surface than on Earth.” “Data from CAPS proved a few years ago that the top of Titan’s atmosphere is losing about seven tonnes of hydrocarbons and nitriles every day, but didn’t explain why this was happening. Our new study provides evidence for why this is happening.”

Scientists are dreaming of taking a look at the moon’s oceans. They may or may not harbor life, but taking samples of another planet so similar in some ways yet dissimilar in others excites scientists.

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Source: http://www.hngn.com/articles/102168/20150618/saturns-moon-titan-polar-winds-making-more-earth-thought.htm

 

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