Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Possible alien food source detected on Titan

Saturn’s moon, Titan, which we already know is a wet place (it’s spotted with lakes of liquid ethane, methane), may also have an alien food source, reports New Scientist. “Organisms could eat acetylene that falls to the surface after forming in the atmosphere, combining it with hydrogen to gain energy.”

How much of this stuff is there? Alot. The most recent estimates (based on findings from
the amazing Cassini-Huygens mission to explore the Saturn system) suggest acetylene could be one percent of the matter in Titan’s lakes. The idea is “intriguing,” but the possibility of acetylene-eating organisms is “highly speculative,” said one expert.

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